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Highest Paying States for Interpreters and Translators

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $98,140, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for interpreters and translators. It is followed by Maryland (average annual salary $66,800). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of interpreters and translators in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Interpreters and Translators

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$98,140
$56,180 460
2 Maryland
$66,800
$32,330 970
3 Virginia
$66,170
$34,130 2,170
4 New Jersey
$62,890
$40,230 500
5 New York
$60,320
$34,560 2,700
6 Colorado
$58,090
$40,500 1,380
7 Missouri
$54,330
$25,650 1,150
8 Alaska
$54,210
$23,690 100
9 New Mexico
$54,160
$35,710 520
10 Delaware
$53,090
$42,490 50
11 California
$53,020
$28,660 8,670
12 Minnesota
$52,260
$33,530 1,470
13 Texas
$51,000
$24,540 4,850
14 Massachusetts
$49,740
$32,210 1,990
15 Georgia
$49,500
$23,370 1,050
16 Wisconsin
$48,060
$31,810 950
17 Pennsylvania
$48,030
$29,000 800
18 Kentucky
$47,290
$29,190 450
19 New Hampshire
$46,330
$28,400 120
20 Oregon
$45,990
$28,500 1,170
21 Rhode Island
$45,690
$32,420 100
22 Illinois
$45,550
$28,910 1,440
23 Hawaii
$45,370
$25,880 140
24 Maine
$44,910
$29,470 140
25 Connecticut
$44,450
$23,580 340
26 Michigan
$42,910
$26,380 810
27 Mississippi
$42,680
$19,550 150
28 Alabama
$41,580
$25,140 240
29 Wyoming
$41,260
$30,460 40
30 Ohio
$41,150
$26,510 1,920
31 Puerto Rico
$41,130
$21,470 120
32 Washington
$40,420
$22,890 1,410
33 Utah
$39,820
$26,470 1,760
34 North Carolina
$39,740
$27,630 1,640
35 Vermont
$39,350
$32,560 160
36 South Carolina
$38,700
$24,270 500
37 Indiana
$38,670
$25,850 740
38 North Dakota
$38,250
$30,720 70
39 Arizona
$38,110
$23,940 2,550
40 Tennessee
$36,800
$23,060 690
41 Iowa
$36,660
$26,330 600
42 Louisiana
$36,560
$23,490 120
43 Nebraska
$36,140
$23,880 680
44 Idaho
$35,910
$17,240 160
45 Florida
$35,280
$18,590 3,110
46 Montana
$34,740
$24,230 60
47 South Dakota
$34,630
$26,250 240
48 Arkansas
$34,380
$20,180 140
49 Kansas
$31,230
$20,890 560
50 Nevada
$30,880
$26,180 250
51 West Virginia
$30,280
$24,140 90
52 Oklahoma
$29,590
$17,050 490
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