Updated August 18, 2021
Average Interpreter Salary
$40,000 yearly
$19.24 hourly

Entry level Salary
$28,000 yearly
$28,000
10 %
$40,000
Median
$56,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$56,000
$4,667
$27
75th Percentile
$48,000
$4,000
$23
Average
$40,024
$3,335
$19
25th Percentile
$33,000
$2,750
$16
10th Percentile
$28,000
$2,333
$13

Average Interpreter Salary By State

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Interpreter average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$32,310
$15.53
Alaska
$42,996
$20.67
Arizona
$34,571
$16.62
Arkansas
$43,158
$20.75
California
$44,067
$21.19
Colorado
$40,144
$19.30
Connecticut
$41,787
$20.09
Delaware
$34,538
$16.60
District of Columbia
$40,277
$19.36
Florida
$31,065
$14.94
Georgia
$33,733
$16.22
Hawaii
$30,141
$14.49
Idaho
$32,037
$15.40
Illinois
$33,077
$15.90
Indiana
$34,307
$16.49
Iowa
$34,210
$16.45
Kansas
$33,643
$16.17
Kentucky
$41,707
$20.05
Louisiana
$36,578
$17.59
Maine
$31,046
$14.93
Maryland
$38,994
$18.75
Massachusetts
$40,926
$19.68
Michigan
$28,479
$13.69
Minnesota
$36,353
$17.48
Mississippi
$34,826
$16.74
Missouri
$43,251
$20.79
Montana
$36,743
$17.66
Nebraska
$33,947
$16.32
Nevada
$33,903
$16.30
New Hampshire
$32,069
$15.42
New Jersey
$34,185
$16.44
New Mexico
$44,370
$21.33
New York
$46,764
$22.48
North Carolina
$35,188
$16.92
North Dakota
$37,554
$18.05
Ohio
$39,864
$19.17
Oklahoma
$42,960
$20.65
Oregon
$35,559
$17.10
Pennsylvania
$37,576
$18.07
Rhode Island
$39,047
$18.77
South Carolina
$41,717
$20.06
South Dakota
$35,591
$17.11
Tennessee
$28,812
$13.85
Texas
$48,475
$23.31
Utah
$33,679
$16.19
Vermont
$39,331
$18.91
Virginia
$44,764
$21.52
Washington
$29,926
$14.39
West Virginia
$43,210
$20.77
Wisconsin
$31,084
$14.94
Wyoming
$38,258
$18.39

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Highest Paying Cities For Interpreter

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Austin, TX
$48,960
$23.54
New York, NY
$47,080
$22.63
San Francisco, CA
$45,640
$21.94
Arlington, VA
$44,840
$21.56
Saint Louis, MO
$43,425
$20.88
Washington, DC
$40,354
$19.40

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How much does an Interpreter make?

The average interpreter salary is $40,024 per year, or $19.24 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $28,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $56,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Texas, New York, Virginia, New Mexico, and California provide the highest interpreter salaries.

Average Interpreter Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $40,000
    $19.24
    +5.5%
    2020
    $37,800
    $18.19
    +2.3%
    2019
    $37,000
    $17.77
    +4.2%
    2018
    $35,400
    $17.03
    +1.4%
    2017
    $34,900
    $16.80
    +2.7%

    How Much Do Interpreters Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for an interpreter can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for interpreters tend to be found in finance, technology, and telecommunication companies. In fact, interpreters can make a yearly salary of $55,408 while working for finance companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Interpreter SalaryInterpreter Salary Range
    1Finance
    $55,408
    $37k
    $63k
    2Technology
    $52,909
    $37k
    $63k
    3Telecommunication
    $49,616
    $37k
    $63k
    4Manufacturing
    $46,905
    $37k
    $63k
    5Education
    $46,442
    $37k
    $63k
    6Non Profits
    $46,074
    $37k
    $63k
    7Government
    $45,800
    $37k
    $63k
    8Health Care
    $43,908
    $37k
    $63k

    High Paying Interpreter Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Cryptologic Linguist

    Avg. salary: $155,876

    Cryptologic linguists are lingual professionals who are responsible for using signals equipment to identify and analyze foreign communications. These linguists must assist intelligence community analysts in translating open source and sensitive materials as well as producing comprehensive reports about the daily activities of their enemies. They are required to supervise a team of other linguistic professionals to provide transcriptions and analysis from foreign communications. Cryptologic linguists must also identify the languages spoken at target geographic areas of interest.
    3,871 Cryptologic Linguist Jobs
    Arabic Linguist

    Avg. salary: $117,039

    Arabic linguists are experts who interpret and translate research or business documents that are written in the Arab language or its dialects. These linguists are required to advise peers and superiors about the Arabic language and culture while providing inputs of written reports developed from target materials utilizing the specific Arabic language. They must conduct simultaneous interpretations of conversations during diplomatic meetings and conferences. Arabic linguists must also create and manage Arabic language training for the newly hired linguists.
    3,885 Arabic Linguist Jobs
    Technical Translator

    Avg. salary: $51,477

    Technical Translation is the act of translating materials in a specific technical or scientific subject domain. A Technical Translator understands the nitty-gritty of the subject matter and knows the specialized terms in that field in both the source and secondary languages. This individual works to produce translations and interpretations of either written or oral communications of one language to another for a specific purpose or industry. As a Technical Translator, your duties may include interpreting conferences and emails in an organization.
    52,535 Technical Translator Jobs
    Language Translator

    Avg. salary: $45,149

    Language translators are linguistic professionals who are responsible for converting information from one language to another to help people read the translation based on the original source. These translators must use a computer to translate the original language into their native language. They can work for software development companies as under contract independent foreign language translators. They must utilize target language to translate and transcribe critical information and performing immediate data analysis. Language translators must also provide interpretations for meetings, conferences, and administrative hearings for any sponsored functions.
    15,552 Language Translator Jobs
    Freelance Translator

    Avg. salary: $37,358

    A freelance translator is an independent contractor specializing in translating audio or written materials into a particular language. They primarily communicate with clients to identify their needs and preferences, including project specifications such as deadlines and format. Being a freelance translator means that they can work remotely at their preferred schedule, most of the time, working from home. They are not employed under a company, which is why most freelance translators prepare their own portfolios and create client bases through websites and other platforms.
    970 Freelance Translator Jobs
    Translator

    Avg. salary: $42,448

    A translator is an expert of one or multiple languages, responsible for transcribing communication between parties for easy comprehension. Translators often work with written documents, relaying the core context and original message from the source. They should also be able to translate jargon, slang, cultural expressions, and related technical terms in an understandable format, depending on the level of the target audience. A translator must be highly fluent with the language to render ideas accurately, as well as have excellent time-management skills to meet project deadlines.
    1,790 Translator Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Cryptologic Linguist
    $155,877
    $12,990
    $74.94
    3,871
    Arabic Linguist
    $117,040
    $9,753
    $56.27
    3,885
    Technical Translator
    $51,477
    $4,290
    $24.75
    52,535
    Language Translator
    $45,149
    $3,762
    $21.71
    15,552
    Freelance Translator
    $37,359
    $3,113
    $17.96
    970
    Translator
    $42,449
    $3,537
    $20.41
    1,790
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    $68,871
    08/16/2021

    Average Interpreter Salary by Demographic

    Interpreter Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $44,869
    female-income
    Female Income
    $42,670
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$44,869
    Female$42,670
    Median Interpreter Income by Race
    White interpreters have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian interpreters have the lowest average salary at $42,331.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$45,789
    Black or African American$44,994
    Asian$42,331
    Hispanic or Latino$42,552
    Average Interpreter Salary by Education Level
    Interpreters with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $45,670 annually. With a Doctorate degree, interpreters earn a median annual income of $45,144 compared to $42,670 for interpreters with an Bachelors degree.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$36,866
    Master's Degree$45,670
    Bachelor's Degree$42,670
    Doctorate Degree$45,144
    Some College/ Associate Degree$41,222