Interpreters and Translators Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of interpreters and translators in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare interpreters and translators salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Interpreters and Translators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,560
25th Percentile Wage
$37,140
50th Percentile Wage
$50,870
75th Percentile Wage
$68,700
90th Percentile Wage
$81,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for interpreters and translators in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) interpreters and translators is $81,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid interpreters and translators is $28,560.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of interpreters and translators in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,8702.42%-3.58%
201549,640-5.66%-
201452,450-1.12%-
201353,0400.66%-
201252,690--

Compare Interpreters and Translators Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of interpreters and translators in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for interpreters and translators occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $75,870. The lowest paying industry is the local government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $41,950). For detailed interpreters and translators salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$75,870
Federal government, including USPS
$75,870
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$52,890
State government, including schools and hospitals
$51,400
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$50,870
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$44,380
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$42,970
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$41,950

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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