The average hourly pay for an Interpreter is $19.67.
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Job Description for Interpreter
An interpreter works to break down the language barrier for their clients. In the classic sense, an interpreter facilitates communication between two people by translating the statements of each person into the other person's language. For example, if an English speaker and a Mandarin Chinese speaker need to conduct business with each other, and neither knows the other's language, an interpreter would listen to the English speaker's statements and repeat them in Mandarin; conversely, the interpr…Read more
- Convey spoken content accurately from one language to another.
- Assist with documentation, filing and paperwork.
- Explain and clarify cultural expectations and idiom.
- Translate written documents or audio tapes to and from target language and English.
The top respondents for the job title Interpreter are from the companies Cyracom, Language Line Services and Transperfect. Reported salaries are highest at Transperfect where the average pay is $14.48. Language Line Services pays the lowest at around $12.18.
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Popular Skills for Interpreter
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in English Language, Medical Terminology and Chinese, Mandarin Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication and Spanish Language.
Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter
An entry-level Interpreter with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.62 based on 231 salaries. An early career Interpreter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.68 based on 494 salaries. A mid-career Interpreter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.63 based on 256 salaries. An experienced Interpreter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.63 based on 222 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $30.
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Employees with Interpreter in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 54.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (49.9% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (24.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (27.9% less) and Houston, Texas (23.4% less).
Years of Experience
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