Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for translators in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 25,229 translators currently employed in the United States.
  • 61.6% of all translators are women, while 38.4% are men.
  • The average age of an employed translator is 41 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of translators is White (37.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (32.0%), Asian (18.4%) and Black or African American (6.1%).
  • Translators are most in-demand in Greenwich, CT.
  • Washington, DC pays an annual average wage of $79,490, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 93% of what men earned.
  • District of Columbia is the best state for translators to live.
  • Translators are 54% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Translator Statistics By Gender

61.6% of translators are women and 38.4% of translators are men.

  • Female, 61.6%
  • Male, 38.4%

Translators By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female61.6%
Male38.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Translator

Women Earn 93¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$46,249
female-income
Female Income
$42,787

Translator Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Translator Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201032.34%67.66%
201137.77%62.23%
201239.04%60.96%
201338.69%61.31%
201439.71%60.29%
201535.92%64.08%
201637.74%62.26%
201738.31%61.69%
201831.31%68.69%
201933.50%66.50%
202031.00%69.00%
202138.36%61.64%

Translator Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, public address announcer and track announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Paraprofessional Interpreter12%88%
Deaf Interpreter15%85%
Fashion Journalist15%85%
Translator38%62%
Sports Announcer91%9%
Track Announcer92%8%
Public Address Announcer93%7%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Translator Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among translators is White, which makes up 37.9% of all translators. Comparatively, there are 32.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 18.4% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 37.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 32.0%
  • Asian, 18.4%
  • Black or African American, 6.1%
  • Unknown, 5.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Translator Race

Translator RacePercentages
White37.9%
Hispanic or Latino32.0%
Asian18.4%
Black or African American6.1%
Unknown5.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.3%

Translator Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among translators.

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

Translator Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201046.27%6.92%14.65%28.09%
201143.69%5.67%16.35%29.76%
201243.68%7.12%16.93%27.21%
201346.07%6.60%15.50%27.00%
201443.12%8.48%17.86%26.94%
201545.98%6.63%17.37%26.42%
201643.77%6.50%17.72%27.72%
201747.21%6.95%15.88%25.65%
201839.44%6.05%19.59%31.79%
201945.64%6.18%16.69%27.30%
202038.48%6.14%18.96%31.07%
202137.91%6.13%18.43%32.00%

Translator Wage Gap By Race

Unknown translators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian translators have the lowest average salary at $41,640.
$52,000
$50,000
$48,000
$46,000
$44,000
$42,000
$40,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$51,221
White$48,042
Black or African American$43,382
Asian$41,640
Hispanic or Latino$47,601

Average Age of a Translator

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

Male
Female

Translator Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown44
White3640
Black or African American39
Asian48.547
Hispanic or Latino4042

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 52% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Translator Age

Translator YearsPercentages
40+ years52%
30-40 years28%
20-30 years20%

Types of Translator Degree Levels

The most common degree for translators is bachelor's degree 60% of translators earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 16% and rounding it off is associate degree with 9%.

  • Bachelors, 60%
  • Masters, 16%
  • Associate, 9%
  • High School Diploma, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 9%

Translators By Education

Translator DegreePercentages
Bachelors60%
Masters16%
Associate9%
High School Diploma6%
Other Degrees9%

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Translator Wage Gap By Education

Translators with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $50,785 annually. With a Bachelors degree, translators earn a median annual income of $46,702 compared to $46,453 for translators with an Associate degree.
$52,000
$50,000
$48,000
$46,000
$44,000
$42,000
$40,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$41,990
Master's Degree$50,785
Bachelor's Degree$46,702
Some College/ Associate Degree$46,453

Translator Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where translators work. We found most translators work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most translators is the professional industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire translators.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Translator Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees9%
50 - 100 employees14%
100 - 500 employees22%
500 - 1,000 employees7%
1,000 - 10,000 employees24%
> 10,000 employees24%

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.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Translator Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education18%
Public21%
Private54%
Government8%

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 professional, education and non profits.

Professional

Education

Non Profits

Fortune 500

Technology

Translator Turnover And Employment Statistics

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

Translator Unemployment Rate By Year

YearTranslator Unemployment Rate
20107.66%
20116.79%
20126.36%
20136.86%
20145.89%
20154.90%
20163.75%
20173.59%
20183.95%
20194.57%
20206.35%
20216.78%

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%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Translator Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year31%
1-2 years30%
3-4 years11%
5-7 years13%
8-10 years5%
11+ years10%

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.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Headline Writer10.10%10,192
Anchor/Producer10.34%10,037
Communications Associate12.01%21,721
Assignment Editor12.38%11,919
Translator14.90%-
Greeting Card Writer16.36%10,264
Disc Jockey16.36%1,991

Translator LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Headline Writer10.10%10,192
Anchor/Producer10.34%10,037
Communications Associate12.01%21,721
Assignment Editor12.38%11,919
Greeting Card Writer16.36%10,264
Disc Jockey16.36%1,991

Foreign Languages Spoken By Translators

The most common foreign language among translators is Spanish at 32.6%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.7% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 7.7%.

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

Translator Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish32.6%
French12.7%
Chinese7.7%
Japanese6.8%
Russian5.6%
Other34.6%

Translator Jobs

Translator Heatmaps

Where Do Translators Earn The Most?

Translators earn the most in New York, where the average translator salary is $61,711. 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

Which State Has The Most Translators?

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

Number of Translators

Number Of Translator Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1Oregon314$56,359
2California66$55,158
3Virginia63$57,167
4Texas58$44,627
5Maryland43$56,011
6Georgia37$42,132
7Pennsylvania36$46,181
8Florida36$43,343
9North Carolina31$41,338
10District of Columbia30$79,461
11New York24$61,711
12Minnesota24$43,666
13Massachusetts21$52,897
14Ohio15$42,901
15Illinois15$38,763
16New Jersey14$57,867
17New Hampshire13$47,477
18Nebraska13$46,156
19Michigan11$42,251
20Mississippi9$48,524
21Arizona9$43,407
22Alabama9$38,337
23Delaware9$32,746
24Washington8$57,338
25Kentucky8$48,611
26Utah8$45,195
27Colorado8$47,929
28New Mexico6$46,979
29Indiana6$37,006
30West Virginia5$52,447
31Louisiana5$43,438
32South Carolina5$37,723
33Oklahoma5$29,320
34Missouri5$33,825
35Idaho4$45,984
36Montana4$41,203
37Tennessee4$41,250
38Alaska3$51,557
39South Dakota3$39,334
40Hawaii3$34,992
41Kansas3$39,156
42Iowa3$38,169
43Wisconsin3$38,492
44Connecticut2$55,886
45Rhode Island2$46,435
46Arkansas2$36,204
47Nevada1$48,051
48Wyoming1$44,401
49Maine1$45,738
50North Dakota1$43,161
51Vermont0$50,673

Translator Demographics FAQs

How Many Translator Are There In The Us?

There are over 25,229 Translators in the United States.

What Percentage Of Translators Are Black?

6.1% of Translators are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Translators?

Most a are White, with 37.9% of Translators belonging to this ethnicity. 32.0% of Translators are Hispanic or Latino, 18.4% of Translators are Asian, 6.1% of Translators are Black or African American, 5.3% of Translators are Unknown, and 0.3% of Translators are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Translator Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Translator jobs are not male - dominated. 61% of Translators are female, and 38% are male, so there are more female Translators than male Translators in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Translator?

The average Translator is 42 years old. 52% of Translators are 40+ years old or older, 28% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 20% are between 20-30 years old

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