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Bilingual Interpreter Demographics in the US

The average employee age for bilingual interpreters is 43 years. The bilingual interpreter workforce reached a whopping 13,047 in 2020!

Among bilingual interpreters, we discovered that 56.6% of them are women, while 34.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among bilingual interpreters is Hispanic or Latino, which makes up 47.0% of all bilingual interpreters. Comparatively, there are 34.1% of the White ethnicity and 12.2% of the Asian ethnicity. The majority of bilingual interpreters are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Bilingual Interpreter Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 13,047 bilingual interpreters currently employed in the United States.
  • 56.6% of all bilingual interpreters are women, while only 34.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed bilingual interpreter is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of bilingual interpreters is Hispanic or Latino (47.0%), followed by White (34.1%) and Asian (12.2%).
  • The majority of bilingual interpreters are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.
  • Bilingual interpreters are most in-demand in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Bilingual interpreters are paid an average annual salary of $42,200.
  • The automotive industry is the highest-paying for bilingual interpreters.
  • Turlock, CA pays an annual average wage of $56,606, the highest in the US.
  • Bilingual interpreters average starting salary is $28,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid bilingual interpreters earn as much as $62,000 or more.
  • 34% of all bilingual interpreters are LGBT.
  • District of Columbia is the best state for bilingual interpreters to live.
  • Bilingual interpreters are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Bilingual Interpreter Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among bilingual interpreters is Hispanic or Latino, which makes up 47.0% of all bilingual interpreters. Comparatively, there are 34.1% of the White ethnicity and 12.2% of the Asian ethnicity.

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  • Hispanic or Latino, 47.0%
  • White, 34.1%
  • Asian, 12.2%
  • Black or African American, 4.2%
  • Unknown, 2.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Bilingual Interpreters

The chart below shows that 68.1% of bilingual interpreters speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 4.3% and French is the third-most popular at 3.4%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 68.1%
  • Chinese, 4.3%
  • French, 3.4%
  • Mandarin, 3.4%
  • Portuguese, 2.6%
  • Other, 18.2%

Types of Bilingual Interpreter Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for bilingual interpreters. The most common degree for bilingual interpreters is bachelor's degree. In fact, 36% of bilingual interpreters earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 15% and rounding it off is high school diploma with 10%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 36%
  • Associate degree, 15%
  • High School Diploma degree, 10%
  • Masters degree, 8%
  • Other Degrees, 31%

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Bilingual Interpreter Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ bilingual interpreters. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most bilingual interpreters is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire bilingual interpreters.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Bilingual Interpreter Work In

Employees with the bilingual interpreter job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most bilingual interpreters prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

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Private

Public

Education

Government

Top Industries Hiring Bilingual Interpreters

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ bilingual interpreters. Those industries include health care, non profits and professional.

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Health Care

Non Profits

Professional

Education

Retail

Bilingual Interpreter Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as bilingual interpreters. Keep reading to find out what the results for bilingual interpreters were.

Bilingual Interpreter Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among bilingual interpreters.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Bilingual Interpreter Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the bilingual interpreter position over time.

Male
Female
38%
35%
32%
28%
25%
22%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Bilingual Interpreter Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of bilingual interpreters changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Bilingual Interpreter Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of bilingual interpreters based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Bilingual Interpreter Stay in a Job

By looking over 486 bilingual interpreters resumes, we figured out that the average bilingual interpreter enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 33%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Bilingual Interpreter Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of bilingual interpreter employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of bilingual interpreters is 40+ years old, which represents 60% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Bilingual Interpreter Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, track announcer and public address announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Bilingual Interpreter35%57%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Bilingual Interpreter
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Bilingual Interpreters with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to bilingual interpreters.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Song Writer15.82%
Television News Reporter19.36%
Freelance Copywriter22.69%
Train Announcer25.03%
Department Editor28.26%
Associate Relations Specialist30.27%
Bilingual Interpreter33.87%

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Bilingual Interpreter Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$48,060
female-income
Female Income
$45,548

Bilingual Interpreter Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$52,051
$50,431
$48,810
$47,190
$45,570
$43,950
$42,329
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Bilingual Interpreter Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$40,884
Some College/ Associate Degree$46,064
Bachelor's Degree$47,795
Doctorate Degree$50,761
Master's Degree$51,393

Bilingual Interpreter Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$54,843
$51,393
$47,943
$44,494
$41,044
$37,594
$34,145
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Where Do Bilingual Interpreters Earn The Most?

The map here shows where bilingual interpreters earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Bilingual Interpreters Located?

By looking through more than 486 resumes, we found that the most popular places for bilingual interpreters are TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Number of Bilingual Interpreters