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Interpreter And Translator Demographics in the US

The average employee age for interpreter and translators is 43 years. The interpreter and translator workforce reached a whopping 36,406 in 2020!

Among interpreter and translators, we discovered that 42.9% of them are women, while 49.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among interpreter and translators is White, which makes up 41.2% of all interpreter and translators. Comparatively, there are 34.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 15.4% of the Asian ethnicity.

Interpreter And Translator Statistics and Facts in the US

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

  • There are over 36,406 interpreter and translators currently employed in the United States.
  • 42.9% of all interpreter and translators are women, while only 49.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed interpreter and translator is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of interpreter and translators is White (41.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (34.2%) and Asian (15.4%).
  • The majority of interpreter and translators are located in NY, New York and VA, Reston.
  • Interpreter and translators are most in-demand in Washington, DC.
  • Interpreter and translators are paid an average annual salary of $42,347.
  • Washington, DC pays an annual average wage of $68,777, the highest in the US.
  • Interpreter and translators average starting salary is $29,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid interpreter and translators earn as much as $60,000 or more.
  • District of Columbia is the best state for interpreter and translators to live.
  • Interpreter and translators are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Interpreter And Translator Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among interpreter and translators is White, which makes up 41.2% of all interpreter and translators. Comparatively, there are 34.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 15.4% of the Asian ethnicity.

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  • White, 41.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 34.3%
  • Asian, 15.4%
  • Black or African American, 6.4%
  • Unknown, 2.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Interpreter And Translators

The chart below shows that 29.8% of interpreter and translators speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Arabic at 10.7% and French is the third-most popular at 10.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 29.8%
  • Arabic, 10.7%
  • French, 10.3%
  • Russian, 7.2%
  • Chinese, 4.8%
  • Other, 37.2%

Types of Interpreter And Translator Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for interpreter and translators. The most common degree for interpreter and translators is bachelor's degree. In fact, 47% of interpreter and translators earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 12% and rounding it off is associate degree with 11%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 47%
  • Masters degree, 12%
  • Associate degree, 11%
  • High School Diploma degree, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 24%

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Interpreter And Translator Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire interpreter and 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 Interpreter And Translator Work In

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

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Government

Private

Public

Education

Top Industries Hiring Interpreter And Translators

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

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Non Profits

Technology

Professional

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Interpreter And Translator Diversity

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

Interpreter And 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 interpreter and translators.

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

Interpreter And Translator Gender Over Time

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

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

Interpreter And 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 interpreter and translators changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of an Interpreter And Translator Based On Race And Gender

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

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Interpreter And Translator Stay in a Job

By looking over 15,376 interpreter and translators resumes, we figured out that the average interpreter and translator enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Interpreter And Translator Age Breakdown

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

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Interpreter And 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%
Interpreter And Translator49%43%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Interpreter And Translator
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Interpreter And 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 interpreter and translators.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Grant Writer15.82%
Foreign Correspondent19.36%
Junior Copywriter22.69%
Radio Artist25.03%
Scientific Publications Editor28.26%
Media Center Specialist30.27%
Interpreter And Translator33.87%

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Interpreter And Translator Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$46,728
female-income
Female Income
$44,540

Interpreter And 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
$51,605
$50,195
$48,784
$47,374
$45,963
$44,553
$43,143
$41,732
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Interpreter And 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$40,444
Some College/ Associate Degree$44,993
Bachelor's Degree$46,500
Doctorate Degree$49,069
Master's Degree$49,615

Interpreter And 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
$52,638
$49,615
$46,592
$43,569
$40,547
$37,524
$34,501
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Where Do Interpreter And Translators Earn The Most?

The map here shows where interpreter and translators earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Interpreter And Translators Located?

By looking through more than 15,376 resumes, we found that the most popular places for interpreter and translators are NY, New York and VA, Reston.

Number of Interpreter And Translators