Translator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Translator is $19.93 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 Salary (?
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$23,800 - $80,341
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MEDIAN: $43,905
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Translator Salary (?
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$10.42 - $48.58
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National Salary Data

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$23,800 - $80,341  
   
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$0.00 - $4,958  
Total Pay (?
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$23,895 - $87,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$10.42 - $48.58  
   
Overtime
$11.63 - $71.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,958  
   
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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$23,895 - $87,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Translator

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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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New York
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Minneapolis
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Houston
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San Francisco
0%
National Average
$42,000
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

Mid-Career
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Late-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Translator Salaries

Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 48%
Japanese Language
up arrow 23%
French Language
up arrow 16%
Localization and Translation
up arrow 16%
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
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 47%