Salary for Interpreters and Translators

Also known as:  American Sign Language Interpreter, Court Interpreter, Deaf Interpreter, Diplomatic Interpreter, Language Translator, Translator

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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.

An Interpreter or Translator will normally get an average salary ranging from 40000 to 60000 based on experience and talent. Interpreters and Translators can expect a wage of Fifty Four Thousand Four Hundred dollars per year.

Interpreters and Translators are paid the highest in Virginia, which has average pay scales of approximately $69360. Employees with these jobs are compensated at the highest average salary in Information, where they can receive average pay scales of $62620.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.38 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Interpreters and Translators tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $62,620
Information $53,250
Public Administration $50,370
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $50,300
Retail Trade $47,800
Management of Companies and Enterprises $45,730
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $29,050
Finance and Insurance $33,000
Other Services (except Public Administration) $36,560
Wholesale Trade $41,030
Manufacturing $41,530
Health Care and Social Assistance $41,610
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