Interpreter Salary

Median pay for Interpreters in the United States is around $19.67 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Female Interpreters make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Although just over a half lack health benefits of any kind, a little less than half do enjoy medical insurance, and about two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Most Interpreters report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,323 - $74,757
$23K
$41K
$75K
MEDIAN: $40,545
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$11.42 - $39.08
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$39
MEDIAN: $19.71
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$0$81K
Salary $23,323 - $74,757
Bonus $0.29 - $3,091
Profit Sharing $890
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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$23,969 - $81,248
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 211
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $11.42 - $39.08
Hourly Tips $1.97
Overtime $12.60 - $55.74
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $0.29 - $3,091
Profit Sharing $890
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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$23,969 - $81,248
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 799

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 interpreter would listen to the Mandarin speaker's statements and repeat them in English.

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Interpreter


Those at Language Lines, LLC can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $29K.

Common Career Paths for Interpreter


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Interpreters often end up in upper-level roles like Sign Language Interpreter. Sign Language Interpreters bring home $46K annually on average.

Interpreter Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter

Pay by Experience for an Interpreter has a positive trend. An entry-level Interpreter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 330 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Interpreter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 151 salaries. An experienced Interpreter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 109 salaries. An Interpreter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 43 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,074

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Interpreters in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 78 percent above the national average. Interpreters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+41 percent), Chicago (+37 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbus (25 percent lower) and Houston (21 percent lower).

Interpreter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Interpreter?

Interpreter in Kennesaw:
"Work Flexibility, Work From Home By Phone, Good Hourly Pay."
Pros: Flexibility on my job. Able to help people to understand each other taking the barrier on language. Not a physical straining job, but mental.
Cons: Need to be waiting for the call to come, you don't know when the call is coming.

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Key Stats for Interpreter

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Interpreter Salaries

▲52%

▲25%

▲2%

National Average
$41,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Interpreter Salaries

French Language
▲58%


American Sign Language
▲9%

Arabic Language
▲1%

National Average
$41,000

Russian Language
▼1%

Japanese Language
▼1%



Sign Language
▼6%


Bilingual
▼10%

Portuguese Language
▼23%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 53%