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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 $92,150, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for interpreters and translators. It is followed by Virginia (average annual salary $69,940). 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 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
$92,150
$52,970 460
2 Virginia
$69,940
$36,170 2,400
3 Maryland
$67,040
$32,530 890
4 New Jersey
$63,650
$41,800 790
5 New Mexico
$59,700
$33,460 270
6 Alaska
$56,710
$24,360 60
7 Colorado
$56,180
$38,580 1,530
8 Massachusetts
$54,960
$35,980 1,830
9 Connecticut
$53,460
$20,000 310
10 New York
$52,460
$19,770 2,720
11 California
$52,250
$30,110 7,890
12 Missouri
$50,910
$27,150 920
13 Pennsylvania
$48,620
$29,040 1,000
14 Texas
$48,570
$27,510 4,030
15 Wisconsin
$47,400
$30,880 1,020
16 New Hampshire
$47,210
$27,900 120
17 Kentucky
$47,090
$32,570 430
18 Minnesota
$46,810
$25,010 1,510
19 Georgia
$46,270
$22,880 1,140
20 Puerto Rico
$46,050
$24,820 150
21 Rhode Island
$45,880
$33,860 90
22 Maine
$44,910
$29,470 150
23 Illinois
$44,730
$26,740 1,390
24 Hawaii
$43,290
$25,650 150
25 Michigan
$43,230
$26,730 1,040
26 Washington
$43,080
$20,090 1,260
27 Alabama
$42,310
$26,680 230
28 Arizona
$41,900
$25,360 2,300
29 Wyoming
$41,260
$30,460 40
30 Oregon
$40,340
$28,510 1,430
31 Ohio
$38,800
$21,430 1,750
32 Utah
$37,880
$27,260 1,270
33 South Carolina
$37,820
$23,810 490
34 Indiana
$37,620
$23,220 770
35 Vermont
$37,420
$31,880 160
36 South Dakota
$37,370
$26,650 190
37 North Dakota
$37,250
$28,990 110
38 Tennessee
$36,070
$22,350 620
39 Louisiana
$35,970
$21,610 70
40 Idaho
$35,940
$23,590 240
41 Nebraska
$35,630
$24,620 680
42 Iowa
$35,540
$24,180 540
43 Florida
$35,090
$18,150 2,770
44 Oklahoma
$33,700
$25,150 320
45 Mississippi
$33,610
$18,920 130
46 Montana
$32,310
$20,780 50
47 Arkansas
$31,970
$19,210 170
48 Nevada
$29,610
$25,120 250
49 Kansas
$29,180
$20,670 590
50 West Virginia
$28,250
$21,770 110
See also: Highest paying industries for interpreters and translators, Top Paying Jobs in America.