Average Entry-Level Interpreter or Translator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Interpreter or Translator is $19.39.
MEDIAN $19.39
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $32
Total Pay
$24,202 - $69,848

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Job Description for Interpreter or Translator

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.

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Interpreter or Translator
Medical Interpreter
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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Popular Skills for Interpreter or Translator

Skills that pay less than market rate include Chinese, Mandarin Language, English Language and Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter or Translator

An early career Interpreter or Translator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $19.69 based on 286 salaries. A mid-career Interpreter or Translator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.66 based on 145 salaries. An experienced Interpreter or Translator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.64 based on 192 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.

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