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Interpreters and Translators Salary Information

The salary statistics of interpreters and translators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of interpreters and translators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The interpreters and translators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Interpreters and Translators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,370
25th Percentile Wage
$34,230
50th Percentile Wage
$46,120
75th Percentile Wage
$61,950
90th Percentile Wage
$83,010

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for interpreters and translators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) interpreters and translators is $83,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,370. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 227% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of interpreters and translators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201646,1204.18%1.50%
201544,1901.36%-
201443,5902.68%-
201342,420-7.10%-
201245,430--

Table 2. Interpreters and Translators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of interpreters and translators in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for interpreters and translators occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $53,880. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $25,920).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$53,880
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,060
Wholesale Trade
$51,730
Federal, State, and Local Government
$50,870
Transportation and Warehousing
$45,840
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$43,700
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$43,440
Educational Services
$43,380
Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,630
Finance and Insurance
$40,720
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$39,050
Manufacturing
$37,160
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$25,920

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Interpreters and Translators by States

From the above tables we note that not only interpreters and translators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of interpreters and translators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $28,250 to $92,150. The highest paying state for interpreters and translators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $92,150. The lowest paying state is West Virginia with a median annual salary of $28,250. For more salary information of interpreters and translators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$92,150
Virginia
$69,940
Maryland
$67,040
New Jersey
$63,650
New Mexico
$59,700
Alaska
$56,710
Colorado
$56,180
Massachusetts
$54,960
Connecticut
$53,460
New York
$52,460
California
$52,250
Missouri
$50,910
Pennsylvania
$48,620
Texas
$48,570
Wisconsin
$47,400
New Hampshire
$47,210
Kentucky
$47,090
Minnesota
$46,810
Georgia
$46,270
Puerto Rico
$46,050
Rhode Island
$45,880
Maine
$44,910
Illinois
$44,730
Hawaii
$43,290
Michigan
$43,230
Washington
$43,080
Alabama
$42,310
Arizona
$41,900
Wyoming
$41,260
Oregon
$40,340
Ohio
$38,800
Utah
$37,880
South Carolina
$37,820
Indiana
$37,620
Vermont
$37,420
South Dakota
$37,370
North Dakota
$37,250
Tennessee
$36,070
Louisiana
$35,970
Idaho
$35,940
Nebraska
$35,630
Iowa
$35,540
Florida
$35,090
Oklahoma
$33,700
Mississippi
$33,610
Montana
$32,310
Arkansas
$31,970
Nevada
$29,610
Kansas
$29,180
West Virginia
$28,250



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