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Highest Paying Cities for Interpreters and Translators

The top 100 highest paying cities for interpreters and translators (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of interpreters and translators in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $85,440, Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland is the highest paying city for interpreters and translators. It is followed by Augusta-Richmond County, South Carolina (average annual salary $84,530). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of interpreters and translators in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Interpreters and Translators

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$85,440
370
2 Augusta-Richmond County, South Carolina
$84,530
50
3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$75,670
2,520
4 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$74,700
2,070
5 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia
$70,660
50
6 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$70,120
310
7 North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$66,410
70
8 Richmond, Virginia
$66,240
190
9 North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area, New Mexico
$66,090
n/a
10 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida
$65,170
80
11 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$64,420
220
12 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$63,910
50
13 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$63,390
770
14 West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area, Kentucky
$62,520
100
15 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$61,170
2,480
16 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$60,820
1,070
17 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$60,530
140
18 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$60,150
1,170
19 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$59,700
170
20 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$59,450
1,630
21 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$59,250
2,670
22 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$58,020
1,480
23 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$57,830
240
24 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$57,640
2,350
25 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
$56,950
100
26 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$56,810
310
27 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$55,950
40
28 Jacksonville, Florida
$55,510
260
29 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$55,380
1,650
30 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$55,320
270
31 Boulder, Colorado
$55,120
240
32 Peabody, Massachusetts
$54,850
n/a
33 Nashua, New Hampshire
$54,720
50
34 Colorado Springs, Colorado
$54,370
190
35 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$54,060
550
36 Columbia, Missouri
$53,470
120
37 Tacoma, Washington
$52,970
90
38 Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area, Alabama
$52,590
40
39 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$52,580
1,560
40 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$52,530
600
41 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$52,090
160
42 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$52,070
940
43 Duluth, Wisconsin
$52,010
40
44 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$51,640
690
45 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$51,510
130
46 West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$51,410
40
47 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$51,300
50
48 Akron, Ohio
$51,230
70
49 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$51,050
480
50 Reading, Pennsylvania
$51,030
30
51 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$50,620
30
52 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington
$50,110
30
53 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$49,790
290
54 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$49,780
90
55 Honolulu, Hawaii
$49,550
80
56 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Pennsylvania
$49,150
40
57 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$48,760
50
58 Fresno, California
$48,380
270
59 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$48,380
270
60 Visalia-Porterville, California
$47,900
50
61 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$47,450
140
62 Madison, Wisconsin
$47,280
180
63 Worcester, Massachusetts
$47,140
120
64 Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
$47,020
110
65 El Centro, California
$47,010
40
66 Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
$47,000
70
67 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$46,880
1,130
68 Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
$46,820
120
69 Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisconsin
$46,670
40
70 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$46,600
110
71 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
$46,510
310
72 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
$46,440
190
73 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
$46,210
130
74 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$46,200
390
75 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$46,200
890
76 Columbus, Ohio
$46,160
360
77 Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, Massachusetts
$45,930
50
78 Canton-Massillon, Ohio
$45,740
60
79 Provo-Orem, Utah
$45,710
270
80 Tucson, Arizona
$45,670
860
81 Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$45,640
n/a
82 Framingham, Massachusetts
$45,640
50
83 Memphis, Tennessee
$45,600
70
84 Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area, Virginia
$45,590
40
85 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$45,500
590
86 Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area, Ohio
$45,380
50
87 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$45,040
1,120
88 Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$45,000
30
89 Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, New Hampshire
$44,850
30
90 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$44,780
110
91 Central Washington nonmetropolitan area, Washington
$44,640
50
92 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$44,290
50
93 Yuba City, California
$44,220
30
94 Salinas, California
$44,120
810
95 St Louis, Missouri
$44,050
380
96 Springfield, Illinois
$43,780
30
97 Spokane, Washington
$43,610
30
98 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$43,550
410
99 Appleton, Wisconsin
$43,530
30
100 Bellingham, Washington
$43,430
n/a
See also: Highest paying industries for interpreters and translators.