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Translator Demographics in the US

The average employee age for translators is 43 years. The translator workforce reached a whopping 28,469 in 2020!

Among translators, we discovered that 52.5% of them are women, while 35.5% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among translators is White, which makes up 46.0% of all translators. Comparatively, there are 27.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 16.4% of the Asian ethnicity.

Translator Statistics and Facts in the US

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

  • There are over 28,469 translators currently employed in the United States.
  • 52.5% of all translators are women, while only 35.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed translator is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of translators is White (46.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (27.1%) and Asian (16.4%).
  • The majority of translators are located in NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.
  • Translators are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • Translators are paid an average annual salary of $42,449.
  • The finance industry is the highest-paying for translators.
  • Washington, DC pays an annual average wage of $68,910, the highest in the US.
  • Translators average starting salary is $29,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid translators earn as much as $61,000 or more.
  • 34% of all translators are LGBT.
  • District of Columbia is the best state for translators to live.
  • Translators are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Translator Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among translators is White, which makes up 46.0% of all translators. Comparatively, there are 27.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 16.4% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 46.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 27.1%
  • Asian, 16.4%
  • Black or African American, 7.3%
  • Unknown, 2.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Translators

The chart below shows that 32.6% of translators speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.7% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 7.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 32.6%
  • French, 12.7%
  • Chinese, 7.7%
  • Japanese, 6.8%
  • Russian, 5.6%
  • Other, 34.6%

Types of Translator Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for translators. The most common degree for translators is bachelor's degree. In fact, 52% of translators earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 14% and rounding it off is associate degree with 8%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 52%
  • Masters degree, 14%
  • Associate degree, 8%
  • High School Diploma degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 21%

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Translator Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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

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Top Industries Hiring Translators

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

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Non Profits


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Translator Diversity

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

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 translators.

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

Translator Gender Over Time

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


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 translators changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Translator Based On Race And Gender

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


The Average Number of Years That Translator Stay in a Job

By looking over 15,450 translators resumes, we figured out that the average translator enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 31%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Translator Age Breakdown

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

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

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
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of 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 translators.

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Job Titleascdesc
Technical Writer15.82%
Movie Critic19.36%
Freelance Copywriter22.69%
Radio Disk Jockey25.03%
Arts And Entertainment Editor28.26%
Media Consultant30.27%

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Translator Gender Pay Gap

Male Income
Female Income

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
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

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
High School Diploma or Less$40,557
Some College/ Associate Degree$45,159
Bachelor's Degree$46,685
Doctorate Degree$49,287
Master's Degree$49,840

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
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Where Do Translators Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Translators Located?

By looking through more than 15,450 resumes, we found that the most popular places for translators are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Translators