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Freelance Translator Demographics in the US

The average employee age for freelance translators is 43 years. The freelance translator workforce reached a whopping 14,173 in 2020!

Among freelance translators, we discovered that 57.3% of them are women, while 32.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among freelance translators is White, which makes up 49.8% of all freelance translators. Comparatively, there are 25.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 14.6% of the Asian ethnicity. The majority of freelance translators are located in NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Freelance Translator Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among freelance translators is White, which makes up 49.8% of all freelance translators. Comparatively, there are 25.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 14.6% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 49.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 25.4%
  • Asian, 14.6%
  • Black or African American, 7.6%
  • Unknown, 2.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Freelance Translators

The chart below shows that 27.3% of freelance translators speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 15.3% and Japanese is the third-most popular at 8.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 27.3%
  • French, 15.3%
  • Japanese, 8.5%
  • German, 7.5%
  • Russian, 7.3%
  • Other, 34.1%

Types of Freelance Translator Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for freelance translators. The most common degree for freelance translators is bachelor's degree. In fact, 53% of freelance translators earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 21% and rounding it off is associate degree with 5%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 53%
  • Masters degree, 21%
  • Associate degree, 5%
  • Diploma degree, 3%
  • Other Degrees, 18%

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Freelance Translator Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire freelance 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 Translator Work In

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

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Private

Public

Government

Education

Top Industries Hiring Freelance Translators

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

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Media

Technology

Non Profits

Professional

Retail

Freelance Translator Diversity

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

Freelance 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 translators.

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

Freelance Translator Gender Over Time

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

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

Freelance 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 translators changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Freelance Translator Based On Race And Gender

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

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Freelance Translator Stay in a Job

By looking over 2,959 freelance translators resumes, we figured out that the average freelance translator enjoys staying at their job for 11+ years for a percentage of 27%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Freelance Translator Age Breakdown

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

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Freelance Translator 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%
Freelance Translator32%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
Freelance Translator
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Freelance 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 translators.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Scenario Writer15.82%
Photo Journalist19.36%
Blogger22.69%
Commercial Announcer25.03%
Manuscript Editor28.26%
Corporate Communications Coordinator30.27%
Freelance Translator33.87%

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Freelance Translator Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$49,818
female-income
Female Income
$46,452

Freelance 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
$55,208
$53,032
$50,856
$48,680
$46,504
$44,328
$42,152
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Freelance 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$40,341
Some College/ Associate Degree$47,128
Bachelor's Degree$49,449
Doctorate Degree$53,485
Master's Degree$54,355

Freelance 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
$63,450
$58,903
$54,355
$49,807
$45,259
$40,712
$36,164
$31,616
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Where Are Freelance Translators Located?

By looking through more than 2,959 resumes, we found that the most popular places for freelance translators are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Freelance Translators