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Highest Paying Industries for Interpreters and Translators

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $132,240, engineering services is the highest paying industry for interpreters and translators. It is followed by architectural, engineering, and related services industry (average annual salary $126,700). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of interpreters and translators in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Interpreters and Translators

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Engineering Services
$132,240
n/a
2 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$126,700
n/a
3 Federal government, including USPS
$70,250
450
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$70,250
450
5 Office Administrative Services
$68,170
n/a
6 Wholesale Trade
$59,710
100
7 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$57,280
1,800
8 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$56,980
2,120
9 Junior colleges - State government owned
$56,460
290
10 Other Information Services
$55,330
40
11 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$55,000
n/a
12 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$52,450
4,180
13 Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,450
4,180
14 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$51,920
80
15 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$51,160
1,130
16 Software Publishers
$51,120
40
17 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$50,680
1,240
18 Educational Services - State government owned
$50,580
1,710
19 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$49,880
2,030
20 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,530
16,970
21 State government, including schools and hospitals
$49,440
3,250
22 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$48,640
18,000
23 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$48,460
40
24 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$48,210
870
25 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$47,610
290
26 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$47,590
270
27 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$47,440
2,490
28 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$47,140
280
29 Scientific Research and Development Services
$47,130
40
30 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$46,240
110
31 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$46,080
40
32 Hospitals - Privately owned
$45,860
4,050
33 Transportation and Warehousing
$45,840
n/a
34 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$45,680
3,770
35 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$45,480
50
36 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$45,380
30
37 Social Advocacy Organizations
$45,350
270
38 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$45,190
5,020
39 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$44,970
4,690
40 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$44,580
60
41 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$44,150
50
42 Educational Services - Privately owned
$44,130
1,360
43 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,130
170
44 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$43,950
70
45 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$43,620
50
46 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$43,470
50
47 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$43,240
19,030
48 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$43,230
140
49 Hospitals - State government owned
$42,460
300
50 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$42,390
430
51 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$42,310
670
52 Hospitals - Local government owned
$42,280
670
53 Newspaper Publishers
$42,230
40
54 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$42,090
100
55 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$41,650
440
56 Educational Services
$41,640
15,240
57 Home Health Care Services
$41,440
380
58 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$41,350
250
59 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$41,340
40
60 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$41,100
15,330
61 Outpatient Care Centers
$40,930
330
62 Educational Support Services
$40,900
220
63 Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,720
9,180
64 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$40,460
170
65 Educational Services - Local government owned
$39,990
12,170
66 Finance and Insurance
$39,670
290
67 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$39,600
250
68 Insurance Carriers
$39,380
250
69 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$39,210
260
70 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$38,670
200
71 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$38,580
10,680
72 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$38,290
10,150
73 Administrative and Support Services
$36,770
n/a
74 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,770
n/a
75 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$36,740
1,870
76 Employment Services
$36,050
n/a
77 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$35,900
40
78 Temporary Help Services
$35,420
n/a
79 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$35,380
510
80 Manufacturing
$35,320
200
81 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$34,950
90
82 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$34,950
200
83 Offices of Physicians
$34,910
970
84 Individual and Family Services
$34,780
1,630
85 Social Assistance
$34,740
2,190
86 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$34,590
210
87 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$34,550
100
88 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$34,240
360
89 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$30,580
50
90 Other Schools and Instruction
$29,610
n/a
91 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$29,600
n/a
92 Food Manufacturing
$29,400
100
93 Animal Slaughtering and Processing
$29,120
90
94 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$28,980
40
95 Business Support Services
$27,880
40
96 Child Day Care Services
$27,000
60
97 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$23,210
370
98 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$22,700
340
99 Legal Services
$18,590
n/a
See also: Highest paying cities for interpreters and translators.