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Average Interpreter Hourly Pay

$19.90
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$982
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The average hourly pay for an Interpreter is $19.90.
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$12.77
MEDIAN
$19.90
90%
$40.48
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What Do Interpreters Do?

Interpreter Tasks
  • 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.

Job Satisfaction for Interpreter

4.1 out of 5
(103)
Highly Satisfied
18Reviews

Popular Employer Salaries for Interpreter

The top respondents for the job title Interpreter are from the companies Cyracom, Language Line Services and Self-Employed. Reported salaries are highest at Self-Employed where the average pay is $45.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Language, earning around $15.00. Language Line Services pays the lowest at around $12.58. Cyracom also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $14.20.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Interpreters?

Skills in Chinese, Mandarin Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication, Medical Terminology, English Language and Spanish Language.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Interpreters?

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 $17.04 based on 52 salaries. An early career Interpreter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.06 based on 385 salaries. A mid-career Interpreter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.50 based on 157 salaries. An experienced Interpreter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.84 based on 180 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $28.
Employees with Interpreter in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 50.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (50.8% more) and San Francisco, California (26.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (28.0% less) and Houston, Texas (24.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 847 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.1%
Early Career
45.5%
Mid Career
18.5%
Experienced
21.3%
Late Career
8.6%