The average rate for a Translator is $19.67 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Chinese, Mandarin Language, Japanese Language, Arabic Language, Localization and Translation, and French Language. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Translator Total Pay (?
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$23,422 - $76,229
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56K
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MEDIAN: $44,532
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Translator Total Pay (?
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$10.24 - $40.79
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$23,422 - $76,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,993  
Total Pay (?
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$22,284 - $83,064  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $40.79  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $73.40  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,993  
   
Total Pay (?
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$22,284 - $83,064  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 229
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Translator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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New York
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San Francisco
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Houston
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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

Late-Career
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Translator Salaries

Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 45%
Japanese Language
up arrow 25%
Arabic Language
up arrow 22%
Localization and Translation
up arrow 19%
French Language
up arrow 17%
German Language
up arrow 7%
National Average
$42,000
English Language
up arrow 2%
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Gender
Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 45%
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