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 amongst Washington metropolitan 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,890
25th Percentile Wage
$22,900
50th Percentile Wage
$40,420
75th Percentile Wage
$49,320
90th Percentile Wage
$61,040

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 $61,040. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $40,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,890.

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
$40,420
-6.58% -8.96%
2016
$43,080
5.45% -
2015
$40,730
-10.36% -
2014
$44,950
4.47% -
2013
$42,940
-2.56% -
2012
$44,040
- -

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 $23,680 to $47,760. The highest paying area for interpreters and translators in Washington is Tacoma with a median annual salary of $47,760. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland (mean annual salary $46,960). The lowest paying area is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $23,680.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Tacoma
$47,760
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$46,960
Olympia
$46,850
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$45,970
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$45,500
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$44,640
Bellingham
$43,430
Spokane
$39,410
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$27,280
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$23,680




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