The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Translator is $19.25.
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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 wh…Read more
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Translator
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Localization and Translation, Chinese, Mandarin Language and Japanese Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language and English Language.
Pay by Experience Level for Translator
An entry-level Translator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.59 based on 74 salaries. A mid-career Translator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.73 based on 185 salaries. An experienced Translator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.74 based on 167 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Translator in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 53.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (25.4% more) and New York, New York (5.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (42.9% less) and Chicago, Illinois (19.6% less).
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