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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$25,620|
|25th Percentile Wage||$34,620|
|50th Percentile Wage||$47,190|
|75th Percentile Wage||$63,180|
|90th Percentile Wage||$82,290|
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 $82,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,620. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 221% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of interpreters and translators from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of interpreters and translators in 14 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 wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $55,750. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $26,330).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
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 $29,590 to $98,140. The highest paying state for interpreters and translators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $98,140. The lowest paying state is Oklahoma with a median annual salary of $29,590. 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|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |