Interpreters and Translators Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for interpreters and translators in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of interpreters and translators among Illinois metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Interpreters and Translators in Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,910
25th Percentile Wage
$36,010
50th Percentile Wage
$45,550
75th Percentile Wage
$57,250
90th Percentile Wage
$68,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for interpreters and translators in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $68,520. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $45,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,910.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of interpreters and translators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$45,550
1.80% 30.43%
2016
$44,730
8.70% -
2015
$40,840
2.25% -
2014
$39,920
17.79% -
2013
$32,820
3.44% -
2012
$31,690
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Interpreters and Translators in Illinois Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of interpreters and translators in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of interpreters and translators in state of Illinois ranges from $32,160 to $47,480. The highest paying area for interpreters and translators in Illinois is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) with a median annual salary of $47,480. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) (mean annual salary $46,230). The lowest paying area is Peoria with a median annual salary of $32,160.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$47,480
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$46,230
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$44,380
Springfield
$43,160
Champaign-Urbana
$40,650
Rockford
$33,220
Peoria
$32,160




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