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Medical Interpreter Demographics in the US

The average employee age for medical interpreters is 43 years. The medical interpreter workforce reached a whopping 19,777 in 2020!

Among medical interpreters, we discovered that 59.3% of them are women, while 31.6% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among medical interpreters is White, which makes up 41.9% of all medical interpreters. Comparatively, there are 33.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 15.3% of the Asian ethnicity. The majority of medical interpreters are located in NY, New York and OR, Portland.

Medical Interpreter Statistics and Facts in the US

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

  • There are over 19,777 medical interpreters currently employed in the United States.
  • 59.3% of all medical interpreters are women, while only 31.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed medical interpreter is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of medical interpreters is White (41.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (33.6%) and Asian (15.3%).
  • The majority of medical interpreters are located in NY, New York and OR, Portland.
  • Medical interpreters are most in-demand in Boston, MA.
  • Medical interpreters are paid an average annual salary of $41,871.
  • Washington, DC pays an annual average wage of $67,242, the highest in the US.
  • Medical interpreters average starting salary is $29,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid medical interpreters earn as much as $59,000 or more.
  • District of Columbia is the best state for medical interpreters to live.
  • Medical interpreters are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Medical Interpreter Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among medical interpreters is White, which makes up 41.9% of all medical interpreters. Comparatively, there are 33.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 15.3% of the Asian ethnicity.

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  • White, 41.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 33.6%
  • Asian, 15.3%
  • Black or African American, 5.7%
  • Unknown, 2.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.6%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Medical Interpreters

The chart below shows that 56.6% of medical interpreters speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 7.6% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 6.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 56.6%
  • French, 7.6%
  • Arabic, 6.5%
  • Portuguese, 5.2%
  • Russian, 3.7%
  • Other, 20.4%

Types of Medical Interpreter Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for medical interpreters. The most common degree for medical interpreters is bachelor's degree. In fact, 42% of medical interpreters earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 13% and rounding it off is master's degree with 10%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 42%
  • Associate degree, 13%
  • Masters degree, 10%
  • High School Diploma degree, 4%
  • Other Degrees, 31%

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Medical Interpreter Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire medical 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 Medical Interpreter Work In

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

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Private

Public

Education

Government

Top Industries Hiring Medical Interpreters

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

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Health Care

Professional

Non Profits

Hospitality

Education

Medical Interpreter Diversity

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

Medical 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 medical interpreters.

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

Medical Interpreter Gender Over Time

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

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

Medical 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 medical interpreters changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Medical Interpreter Based On Race And Gender

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

Male
Female

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

By looking over 4,875 medical interpreters resumes, we figured out that the average medical interpreter enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 24%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Medical Interpreter Age Breakdown

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

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Medical 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%
Medical Interpreter32%59%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Medical Interpreter
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Medical 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 medical interpreters.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Engineering Writer15.82%
Television News Reporter19.36%
Web Writer22.69%
Announcer25.03%
Script Editor28.26%
Color Specialist30.27%
Medical Interpreter33.87%

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Medical Interpreter Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$46,261
female-income
Female Income
$44,138

Medical 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
$50,992
$49,623
$48,255
$46,887
$45,518
$44,150
$42,781
$41,413
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Medical 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$40,158
Some College/ Associate Degree$44,578
Bachelor's Degree$46,040
Doctorate Degree$48,531
Master's Degree$49,060

Medical 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
$51,997
$49,060
$46,124
$43,188
$40,251
$37,315
$34,379
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Where Do Medical Interpreters Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Medical Interpreters Located?

By looking through more than 4,875 resumes, we found that the most popular places for medical interpreters are NY, New York and OR, Portland.

Number of Medical Interpreters