Interpreter or Translator Salary

Pay for Interpreters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.83 per hour. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — just under one-half — do not have any health coverage, just over a half do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Interpreters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Interpreters survey respondents are women (72 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$23,637 - $71,187
$24K
$42K
$71K
MEDIAN: $41,930
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50%
90%

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$11.74 - $39.09
$12
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.90
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$0$78K
Salary $23,637 - $71,187
Bonus $99.33 - $10,067
Profit Sharing $203
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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$24,132 - $78,323
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 227
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $11.74 - $39.09
Hourly Tips $0.50
Overtime $13.25 - $49.91
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $99.33 - $10,067
Profit Sharing $203
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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$24,132 - $78,323
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 534

Job Description for Interpreter or Translator

An interpreter's main duties are to translate information from one language to another and vice-versa. An associate's or bachelor's degree may be required for this position, though not necessarily. All interpreter/translator positions within the country require that the person be a legal citizen of the United States of America, and most positions also require that applicants have their own reliable method of transportation to get to work.

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Interpreter or Translator Tasks

  • Translate or interpret written, oral, or sign language text into another language for others.
  • Provide linguistic assistance to clients or associates.
  • Proofread, edit, and revise translated materials.
  • Assist in creating documents and presentation materials in foreign languages for meetings and general communications.

Common Career Paths for Interpreter or Translator


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It doesn't happen often, but some Interpreters do move on to become Sign Language Interpreters. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $46K per year. However, it's more common for Interpreters to move into roles as Translators or Spanish Interpreter/Translators.

Interpreter or Translator Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter or Translator

Pay by Experience for an Interpreter or Translator has a positive trend. An entry-level Interpreter or Translator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 266 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Interpreter or Translator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 126 salaries. An experienced Interpreter or Translator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 140 salaries. An Interpreter or Translator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 50 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,674

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Interpreters, 76 percent above the national average. Interpreters will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+53 percent), Seattle (+48 percent), San Jose (+45 percent), and Atlanta (+32 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Interpreters is geography, with workers in Houston earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Dallas (23 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Interpreter or Translator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Interpreter or Translator?

Interpreter or Translator in Longview:
"Translating dead lines for exams, letters, telephone confere."
Pros: The main environment that has to do with education, such as literary work and exams. Interpersonal activities with students, parents and special education staff.
Cons: I don't agree with the pay. I know that my job is well valued by the special education staff and my interaction with the community has been a successful bridge with the school district.

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Key Stats for Interpreter or Translator

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Interpreter or Translator Salaries

▲19%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$42,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Interpreter or Translator Salaries

Localization and Translation
▲47%

French Language
▲44%

Portuguese Language
▲3%

National Average
$42,000

Japanese Language
▼3%

Chinese, Mandarin Language
▼4%



Bilingual
▼10%

Microsoft Office
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 44%