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.
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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.Read More...
Some companies may require interpreters to work with other interpreters and double-check the work they have submitted to the company. In some cases, prior training is preferred, but not a strict requirement. Interpreters must also be able to translate texts and speak on behalf of a representative of a specific company or client.
Those in this position are responsible for ensuring that everyone is able to understand everyone else clearly and regardless of the language barrier. Depending on the employer, the work environment can vary, though it is usually an indoor office setting. Hours can vary depending on the company's needs; some companies may prefer interpreters to work full 40-hour work weeks, while others may employ them for ten or twenty hours per week. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)
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
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.
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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
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).
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