Translator Salary

Translators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.53 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women account for the majority of Translators who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although just over a half have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, close to one-half claim no health benefits at all.

$24,071 - $72,458
$24K
$46K
$72K
MEDIAN: $45,874
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50%
90%

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$10.17 - $35.83
$10
$19
$36
MEDIAN: $19.39
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$0$74K
Salary $24,071 - $72,458
Bonus $493.16 - $8,940
Commission $0.00
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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$23,589 - $74,336
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 242
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $10.17 - $35.83
Hourly Tips $0.49
Overtime $10.07 - $44.70
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $493.16 - $8,940
Commission $0.00
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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$23,589 - $74,336
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 279

Job Description for Translator

A translator is an essential link between people who speak different languages. At the core, a translator facilitates written communication between two or more persons who speak different languages and are unable to directly communicate. They often work on documents for broader consumption such as brochures, books, and advertisements. However, a translator often does more than just translate; frequently, they also educates her clients about the history, culture, and customs of the people with whom the client is seeking to communicate. Armed with this cultural knowledge, the translator helps ensure that the client is able to abide by local customs and therefore not engage in taboo behavior.

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Translator Tasks

  • Translate communications dynamically or statically while preserving context, content, and intent.
  • Identify and resolve misunderstandings of meaning quickly and tactfully while maintaining neutrality.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all translations and engagements as needed.

Common Career Paths for Translator


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Many Translators move into an Interpreter role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Interpreters on average bring in a similar salary to Translators.

Translator Job Listings

Popular Skills for Translator


Translators report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Localization and Translation, Arabic Language, and Editing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 25 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Spanish Language. Most people who know English Language also know French Language and Japanese Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Translator

Pay by Experience for a Translator has a positive trend. An entry-level Translator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 315 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Translator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 138 salaries. An experienced Translator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 119 salaries. A Translator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 56 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,442

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

With a pay rate for Translators that is 46 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Translators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), Washington (+22 percent), Irvine (+20 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Translator's salary, with Atlanta Translators earning salaries that are 33 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and San Francisco (22 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Translator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Translator?

Translator in Boulder:
"Freelance Professional Translator."
Pros: I love the flexibility of choosing the hours I work and choosing the clients I work for. It is an intellectually stimulating job. I enjoy working with languages and writing.
Cons: The uncertainty of the feast and famine cycle.

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Key Stats for Translator

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Translator Salaries

▲35%

▲25%

▲12%

National Average
$41,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Translator Salaries

Localization and Translation
▲28%

Arabic Language
▲26%

Editing
▲24%


Italian Language
▲16%


Korean Language
▲14%



Portuguese Language
▲3%

German Language
▲1%

National Average
$41,000



Microsoft Office
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 45%