Translator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Translator is $19.89 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Chinese, Mandarin Language, Japanese Language, Localization and Translation, French Language, and Arabic Language. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Translator Total Pay (?
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$23,672 - $81,015
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MEDIAN: $44,319
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Translator Total Pay (?
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$10.35 - $45.62
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$23,672 - $81,015  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
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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$23,688 - $86,254  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $45.62  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $73.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
   
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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$23,688 - $86,254  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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Job Description for Translator
A translator is an essential link between people who speak different languages. At the core, a translator facilitates written communication between two or more persons who speak different languages and are unable to directly communicate. They often work on documents for broader consumption such as brochures, books, and advertisements. However, a translator often does more than just translate; frequently, they also educates her clients about the history, culture, and customs of the people with whom the client is seeking to communicate. Armed with this cultural knowledge, the translator helps ensure that the client is able to abide by local customs and therefore not engage in taboo behavior.
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Translator Tasks
  • Maintain confidentiality of all translations and engagements as needed.
  • Identify and resolve misunderstandings of meaning quickly and tactfully while maintaining neutrality.
  • Translate communications dynamically or statically while preserving context, content, and intent.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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New York
up arrow 21%
Minneapolis
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Houston
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National Average
$42,000
San Francisco
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Chicago
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Miami
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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Experience Affects Translator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Translator Salaries

Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 48%
Japanese Language
up arrow 27%
Localization and Translation
up arrow 16%
French Language
up arrow 15%
Arabic Language
up arrow 15%
German Language
up arrow 3%
National Average
$42,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 46%
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