Interpreters and Translators Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for interpreters and translators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of interpreters and translators among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Interpreters and Translators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,660
25th Percentile Wage
$39,830
50th Percentile Wage
$53,020
75th Percentile Wage
$65,920
90th Percentile Wage
$83,870

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for interpreters and translators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $83,870. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $53,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,660.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of interpreters and translators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,020
1.45% 11.05%
2016
$52,250
14.30% -
2015
$44,780
-0.71% -
2014
$45,100
4.30% -
2013
$43,160
-9.27% -
2012
$47,160
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Interpreters and Translators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of interpreters and translators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of interpreters and translators in state of California ranges from $37,140 to $65,030. The highest paying area for interpreters and translators in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $65,030. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $64,340). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $37,140.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$65,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$64,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$61,990
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$61,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$61,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$55,890
Merced
$50,830
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$50,130
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$49,810
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$49,060
Stockton
$48,920
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$48,760
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$48,690
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$48,310
Fresno
$47,730
Visalia-Porterville
$47,070
El Centro
$47,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$46,200
Salinas
$45,060
Yuba City
$44,220
Hanford-Corcoran
$43,570
Redding
$41,430
Chico
$39,770
Bakersfield-Delano
$39,200
Vallejo-Fairfield
$38,820
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$37,680
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$37,470
Modesto
$37,330
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$37,140




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