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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Interpreters and Translators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

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
$47,190
2.27% 3.73%
2016
$46,120
4.18% -
2015
$44,190
1.36% -
2014
$43,590
2.68% -
2013
$42,420
-7.10% -
2012
$45,430
- -

Table 2. Interpreters and Translators Salary by Industry Sector

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
$55,750
Information
$54,920
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,940
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,800
Transportation and Warehousing
$45,840
Educational Services
$45,570
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,470
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$43,620
Health Care and Social Assistance
$43,420
Finance and Insurance
$41,280
Retail Trade
$40,240
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$38,810
Manufacturing
$37,620
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,330

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 $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
$98,140
Maryland
$66,800
Virginia
$66,170
New Jersey
$62,890
New York
$60,320
Colorado
$58,090
Missouri
$54,330
Alaska
$54,210
New Mexico
$54,160
Delaware
$53,090
California
$53,020
Minnesota
$52,260
Texas
$51,000
Massachusetts
$49,740
Georgia
$49,500
Wisconsin
$48,060
Pennsylvania
$48,030
Kentucky
$47,290
New Hampshire
$46,330
Oregon
$45,990
Rhode Island
$45,690
Illinois
$45,550
Hawaii
$45,370
Maine
$44,910
Connecticut
$44,450
Michigan
$42,910
Mississippi
$42,680
Alabama
$41,580
Wyoming
$41,260
Ohio
$41,150
Puerto Rico
$41,130
Washington
$40,420
Utah
$39,820
North Carolina
$39,740
Vermont
$39,350
South Carolina
$38,700
Indiana
$38,670
North Dakota
$38,250
Arizona
$38,110
Tennessee
$36,800
Iowa
$36,660
Louisiana
$36,560
Nebraska
$36,140
Idaho
$35,910
Florida
$35,280
Montana
$34,740
South Dakota
$34,630
Arkansas
$34,380
Kansas
$31,230
Nevada
$30,880
West Virginia
$30,280
Oklahoma
$29,590



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