Interpreters and Translators Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for interpreters and translators in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of interpreters and translators among Washington 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,090
25th Percentile Wage
$27,630
50th Percentile Wage
$43,080
75th Percentile Wage
$49,890
90th Percentile Wage
$61,540

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for interpreters and translators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $61,540. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $43,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,090.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$9.66
25th Percentile Wage
$13.28
50th Percentile Wage
$20.71
75th Percentile Wage
$23.99
90th Percentile Wage
$29.59

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for interpreters and translators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $29.59. The median hourly salary is $20.71. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $9.66.

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
201643,0805.45%-2.23%
201540,730-10.36%-
201444,9504.47%-
201342,940-2.56%-
201244,040--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of interpreters and translators in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of interpreters and translators in state of Washington ranges from $40,340 to $52,970. The highest paying area for interpreters and translators in Washington is Tacoma with a median annual salary of $52,970. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland (mean annual salary $50,110). The lowest paying area is Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro with a median annual salary of $40,340.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Tacoma
$52,970
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$50,110
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$44,640
Spokane
$43,610
Bellingham
$43,430
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$42,250
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$41,560
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$40,340



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