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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of interpreters and translators from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|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 $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|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New York|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |