How much does an Interpreter make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

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Industry

$47,108 / yrTotal Pay
$44,084 / yrBase Pay
$3,024 / yrAdditional Pay

$47,108

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$29K$76K
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The estimated total pay for a Interpreter is $47,108 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $44,084 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $3,024 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Interpreter I

$47,057 /yr
Interpreter I
$47,108 /yr
Interpreter
$52,178 /yr
Interpreter III
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Related Job Titles

For Interpreter

Some related job titles are French Salaries with median pay of $76,621, Interpreter/Translator Salaries with median pay of $49,775, Medical Interpreter Salaries with median pay of $47,728.

Top Paying Companies

For an Interpreter in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for an Interpreter in United States. Employers include SOSi, Huron-Clinton Metroparks and LIS Solutions.

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SOSi
$67,099/yr
4
GLOBO
$58,591/yr
5
ZVRS
$57,218/yr
6
Vocalink Global
$56,611/yr
9
LATN
$54,151/yr
Total Pay Trajectory

For Interpreter I

$47,057 /yr
Interpreter I
$47,108 /yr
Interpreter
$52,178 /yr
Interpreter III

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Top Paying Industries

For an Interpreter in United States

The top 5 paying industries for an Interpreter in United States are Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $67,099, Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $59,890, Media & Communication with a median total pay of $53,981, Construction, Repair & Maintenance Services with a median total pay of $51,609, and Information Technology with a median total pay of $51,061.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Aerospace & DefenseAerospace & Defense$67,099

    27% Higher than other industries

  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$59,890

    19% Higher than other industries

  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$53,981

    10% Higher than other industries

  • Construction, Repair & Maintenance ServicesConstruction, Repair & Maintenance Services$51,609

    6% Higher than other industries

  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$51,061

    5% Higher than other industries

Aerospace & Defense

The top paying company in Aerospace & Defense for Interpreter is SOSi.

SOSiSOSi$67,099/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Media & Communications?

Media and communications jobs are expected to see increased demand due to growth in different communications platforms. Digital expertise will become increasingly important as consumers continue to shift away from print, radio and television and towards electronic media. Most media & communications careers require higher education, although this varies greatly depending on the field, and usually offer above-average pay.

Recent Salaries Shared

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Spanish Interpreter

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$16

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
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Interpreter

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$14

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Interpreter

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$56,000

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Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
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Interpreter

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$70,000

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ASL

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$18

/hr

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1-3 years
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Community Interpreter

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$44

/hr

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10-14 years
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Remote Interpreter

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$20,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

10-14 years
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Interpreter

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$17

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
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Interpreter

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$18

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Interpreter pay FAQ

The national average salary for an Interpreter is $44,084 per year in United States. Filter by location to see an Interpreter salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 2056 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by an Interpreter employees.

The highest salary for an Interpreter in United States is $70,495 per year.

The lowest salary for an Interpreter in United States is $27,568 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming an Interpreter or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of an Interpreter.

A career in interpretation usually allows candidates to travel extensively and to meet a wide variety of individuals. Pay varies by employer, which includes schools, hospitals, courtrooms, detention facilities and conference centers. Demand is especially high for interpreters with language skills in English, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin. Interpreters with fluency in these languages generally command higher pay for their services and find more clients if they choose to take on extra work as freelancers.

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Interpreter roles feature benefits such as flexible scheduling and a higher salary with experience. Through bonuses, contracts, and profit sharing, you could earn up to $3,023.95 in addition to your interpreter salary. Glassdoor ratings reveal that 58% of interpreters feel satisfied with their annual earnings.

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Interpreter salary varies based on the languages you learn, demand in your area, and experience level. Additional work, such as freelance or contract gigs, can bolster your pay as you progress in the position following the interpreter career path. Professionals earn between $29,321.55 and $76,029.00, with the average interpreter making about $47,107.81 total every year.

Learn more about negotiating salaries from thousands of other real professionals

As an interpreter, you have control over both your daily schedule and earnings. You could earn a high interpreter salary through an employer, but you could work on contract or as a freelancer. Whichever path you take, focus on building positive client relationships. If clients have great things to say about you, building your professional network comes naturally. Becoming fluent in more languages will also score you profitable positions, but consider your location. Interpreter roles are in demand in major cities with diverse populations, so an area with a large presence in your given language impacts income significantly. Also, try joining a professional organization such as the American Translators Association.

Information is vital to your earnings in an interpreter position, so always ask clients for in-depth details before you talk salary. Get the specifics: what materials they require, the length of the project, the deadline, and how and when your work is delivered. Now, go the extra mile. Are there any ways you could simplify this task for your client? Do you have helpful tips or advice to offer? The more you're able to help, the higher pay you can request. Learn what the client or your employer is willing to pay you and ask for up to 20% above that initial number.