Linguist Salary

Linguists in the United States can expect wages of $63K per year on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by just over a half. More than half of Linguists (62 percent) survey respondents are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,934 - $100,729
$39K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,864
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$19.19 - $37.31
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$37
MEDIAN: $27.66
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Salary $38,934 - $100,729
Bonus $0.00 - $12,723
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$39,169 - $99,275
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 154
Hourly Data $0$54
Hourly Rate $19.19 - $37.31
Hourly Tips $2.08
Overtime $37.75
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $0.00 - $12,723
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,169 - $99,275
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 55

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Job Description for Linguist

A linguist is someone who works with languages. This job will vary depending on which industry they work in. The job will generally have them working as translators, interpreting, and doing forensic sciences. Generally, linguists are required in law enforcement and the military. They have an important role of helping these agencies in investigating and preventing various crimes. If they work with the CIA or FBI, they will also assist in securing national security. The linguist will generally work on their own or in a team, depending on the industry that they are employed in. There is a lot of freedom on the job, and they often set the working tone themselves. If working as part of the team, they will interact with various other linguists.

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Linguist Tasks

  • Translate primary documentation, then summarize and add metadata.
  • Transcription, interpretation and content analyses of foreign language materials.
  • Write reports and analyses of data, training and web/media analyses.

Common Career Paths for Linguist


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Linguists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Intelligence Analyst. Median pay for Intelligence Analysts is $67K.

Linguist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Linguist


Those at U.S. Army can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $55K.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $45K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $22K and $107K.

Popular Skills for Linguist


Survey results suggest that Linguists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Pashto Language, Arabic Language, and Farsi Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language, French Language, and Localization and Translation. Most people experienced in Data Analysis also know Farsi Language and Arabic Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Linguist

Pay by Experience for a Linguist has a positive trend. An entry-level Linguist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 136 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Linguist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Linguist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 38 salaries. A Linguist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,489

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Linguists, working in the bustling city of Reston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Linguists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+30 percent), Tampa (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Augusta (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Linguists is geography, with workers in New York earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent less).

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Key Stats for Linguist

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Linguist Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲25%

▼0%

National Average
$61,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Linguist Salaries

Pashto Language
▲37%

Arabic Language
▲20%


Chinese, Mandarin Language
▲13%

National Average
$61,000

Korean Language
▼2%


Localization and Translation
▼5%

French Language
▼8%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 30%
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