Freelance Interpreter/Translator Statistics in the US

The average employee age for freelance interpreter/translators is 43 years. The freelance interpreter/translator workforce reached a whopping 14,362 in 2020!

Among freelance interpreter/translators, we discovered that 58.2% of them are women, while 31.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among freelance interpreter/translators is White, which makes up 44.9% of all freelance interpreter/translators. Comparatively, there are 29.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 15.4% of the Asian ethnicity. Freelance interpreter/translators are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to government companies. Taking it a step further, freelance interpreter/translators are more likely to find a job in the health care industry.

From where do we know all information about freelance interpreter/translator demographics? We analyzed 2,195 freelance interpreter/translators resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Freelance Interpreter/Translator Diversity

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

Freelance Interpreter/Translator Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among freelance interpreter/translators is White, which makes up 44.9% of all freelance interpreter/translators. Comparatively, there are 29.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 15.4% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 44.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 29.2%
  • Asian, 15.4%
  • Black or African American, 7.6%
  • Unknown, 2.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Freelance Interpreter/Translators

The chart below shows that 31.2% of freelance interpreter/translators speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.7% and Russian is the third-most popular at 9.1%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 31.2%
  • French, 13.7%
  • Russian, 9.1%
  • Portuguese, 7.0%
  • Italian, 6.1%
  • Other, 32.9%

Most Common Degree for Freelance Interpreter/Translator

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for freelance interpreter/translators. The most common degree for freelance interpreter/translators is bachelor's degree. In fact, 48% of freelance interpreter/translators earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 17% and rounding it off is associate degree with 12%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 48%
  • Masters degree, 17%
  • Associate degree, 12%
  • Diploma degree, 3%
  • Other Degrees, 20%

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Freelance Interpreter/Translator 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 freelance interpreter/translators.

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

Freelance Interpreter/Translator Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the freelance interpreter/translator position over time.

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

Freelance Interpreter/Translator 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 freelance interpreter/translators changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of freelance interpreter/translators based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Freelance Interpreter/Translator

By looking over 2,195 freelance interpreter/translators resumes, we figured out that the average freelance interpreter/translator enjoys staying at their job for 11+ 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

Freelance Interpreter/Translator Age Breakdown

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

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Freelance Interpreter/Translators with Other Job Titles

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%
Freelance Interpreter/Translator31%58%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Freelance Interpreter/Translator
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Freelance Interpreter/Translators 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 freelance interpreter/translators.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Assembly Instructions Writer15.82%
Television News Reporter19.36%
Contributing Author22.69%
On-Air Announcer25.03%
Practice Area Editor28.26%
Digital Communication Specialist30.27%
Freelance Interpreter/Translator33.87%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Freelance Interpreter/Translator?

male-income
Male Income
$46,354
female-income
Female Income
$44,216

Freelance Interpreter/Translator 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
$49,740
$48,362
$46,984
$45,606
$44,228
$42,850
$41,472
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Freelance Interpreter/Translator 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$40,209
Some College/ Associate Degree$44,658
Bachelor's Degree$46,131
Doctorate Degree$48,640
Master's Degree$49,173

Freelance Interpreter/Translator 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
$52,129
$49,173
$46,217
$43,261
$40,305
$37,349
$34,393
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Where Are Freelance Interpreter/Translators Located?

By looking through more than 2,195 resumes, we found that the most popular places for freelance interpreter/translators are NY, New York and DC, Washington.

Number of Freelance Interpreter/Translators

Freelance Interpreter/Translator Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire freelance interpreter/translators.

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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 Freelance Interpreter/Translator Work In

Employees with the freelance interpreter/translator job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most freelance interpreter/translators prefer to work at private companies over government companies.

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Private

Government

Public

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ freelance interpreter/translators. Those industries include health care, non profits and hospitality.

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Health Care

Professional

Hospitality

Non Profits

Technology

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