$46,161
Avg. Salary
$19.92
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,982

Bonus

$2,800

Profit Sharing

$0.00

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Translator is $19.92 per hour.

The average pay for a Translator is $46,161 per year.

10%
$10.21
10%
$19.92
50%
$37.42
90%
90%
MEDIAN $19.92
10%
$20k
10%
$46k
50%
$74k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $46,161
$20,302 - $73,873
$20K
$46K
$74K
MEDIAN: $46,161
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90%

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$10.21 - $37.42
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$0$77K
Salary $20,302 - $73,873
Bonus $350 - $6,000
Profit Sharing $2,800
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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$21,355 - $77,424
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 440
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $10.21 - $37.42
Hourly Tips $0.40
Overtime $7.86 - $47.61
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $350 - $6,000
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $2,800
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).
)
$21,355 - $77,424
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 439

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

12%

-5%

-24%

National Average: $42,840

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:
I enjoyed working at Michaels. Their head office in Irving is colorful, hosts a lot of activities (even if you're not into crafts) and they have competitive pay and good benefits. On another note... They are centered on profits. Making money. It is all they are about. Especiallty since the went public and have shareholders to keep happy! Money money! So you may or may not get a yearly bonus even if you worked extra hours (unpaid). So if you're going to make them money, yay you!

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
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Translator Salaries

▲30%

▲21%

▲8%

National Average
$43,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Translator Salaries

Localization and Translation
▲23%

Arabic Language
▲22%

Editing
▲20%


Italian Language
▲12%


Korean Language
▲10%



Portuguese Language
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

German Language
▼2%



Microsoft Office
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 47%