Salary for Interpreters and Translators

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Also known as:  American Sign Language Interpreter, Court Interpreter, Deaf Interpreter, Diplomatic Interpreter, Language Translator, Translator helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Interpreters and translators transfer information from one language to another in written, oral or signed form. They follow strict ethical standards and maintain confidentiality of clients' information. These professionals may specialize in specific vocabulary such as medical or political terminology. Additionally these individuals clarify word meanings and work to resolve differences surrounding the usage and meaning of words. They may instruct or train other interpreters and translators. A Bachelor's or Master's degree and/or professional certification may be required in these professions.

A Interpreter or Translator can receive an average pay level of between $29,740 and $96,480 depending on tenure and industry expertise. can get an average wage of fifty-eight thousand one hundred and fourty dollars every year.

are paid at the highest level in Virginia, where they earn compensation, on average, of about $79,440. People with this job title can make the highest salaries in Management of Companies and Enterprises, which has normal pay levels of $64,000.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 62.11 percent nationwide in that time.


Interpreters and Translators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Public Administration
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Retail Trade
Finance and Insurance
Wholesale Trade