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 metropolitan areas 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,110
25th Percentile Wage
$39,650
50th Percentile Wage
$52,250
75th Percentile Wage
$64,750
90th Percentile Wage
$81,990

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 $81,990. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,110.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$14.47
25th Percentile Wage
$19.07
50th Percentile Wage
$25.12
75th Percentile Wage
$31.13
90th Percentile Wage
$39.42

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for interpreters and translators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $39.42. The median hourly salary is $25.12. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $14.47.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of interpreters and translators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201652,25014.30%9.74%
201544,780-0.71%-
201445,1004.30%-
201343,160-9.27%-
201247,160--

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 $31,560 to $66,410. The highest paying area for interpreters and translators in California is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $66,410. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $64,420). The lowest paying area is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $31,560.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$66,410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$64,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$61,170
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$60,820
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$59,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$55,380
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$54,060
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$52,070
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$51,640
Vallejo-Fairfield
$49,780
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$48,760
Fresno
$48,380
Visalia-Porterville
$47,900
El Centro
$47,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$46,200
Yuba City
$44,220
Salinas
$44,120
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$43,550
Chico
$39,770
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$39,190
Stockton
$39,050
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$37,680
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$37,470
Modesto
$36,450
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$35,450
Bakersfield-Delano
$31,560



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