How much does a Translator make?

Updated Nov 29, 2023



Total Pay Range
$46K - $81K/yr
Base Pay
$43K - $77K/yr
Additional Pay
$2K - $4K/yr


Most Likely Range

The estimated total pay for a Translator is $60,708 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $57,527 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 $3,181 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.

How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $46K-$81K/yr?

Related Job Titles

For Translator

Some related job titles are Interpreter Salaries with median pay of $58,340, Spanish Interpreter Salaries with median pay of $58,194, Spanish Translator Salaries with median pay of $58,906, Bilingual Salaries with median pay of $74,383.

Top Paying Companies

For a Translator in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Translator in United States. Employers include VMware, Google and Bloomberg L.P..

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Top Paying Companies

For Translator in United States

3Bloomberg L.P.$88,435
4Riot Games$81,368
9Vice Media$63,446
10Communications Capital Group$62,121

What are total pay estimates for a Translator at different companies?

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Translator Salaries

Job TitleSalary
Google Translator salaries - 144 salaries reported$8,067/mo
Freelancer Translator salaries - 34 salaries reported$26/hr
TransPerfect Translator salaries - 31 salaries reported$26/hr Translator salaries - 17 salaries reported$27/hr
Translation Translator salaries - 11 salaries reported$29/hr
Duolingo Translator salaries - 9 salaries reported$32/hr
CyraCom Translator salaries - 9 salaries reported$21/hr
Freelance Translator salaries - 9 salaries reported$26/hr
Day Translations Translator salaries - 9 salaries reported$28/hr
Bloomberg L.P. Translator salaries - 9 salaries reported$88,435/yr
LanguageLine Solutions Translator salaries - 8 salaries reported$23/hr
OneTrust Translator salaries - 7 salaries reported$66,229/yr
Upwork Translator salaries - 7 salaries reported$25/hr
Epic Translator salaries - 7 salaries reported$67,954/yr
Communications Capital Group Translator salaries - 7 salaries reported$30/hr
Vice Media Translator salaries - 6 salaries reported$30/hr
Fiverr Inc. Translator salaries - 6 salaries reported$25/hr
Self Opportunity Translator salaries - 6 salaries reported$55,287/yr
Global Engineering Corp Translator salaries - 6 salaries reported$25/hr
CLS Communication Translator salaries - 5 salaries reported$55,207/yr
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Top Paying Industries

For a Translator in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Translator in United States are Information Technology with a median total pay of $66,987, Financial Services with a median total pay of $62,121, Media & Communication with a median total pay of $61,195, Education with a median total pay of $60,613, and Management & Consulting with a median total pay of $55,663.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$66,987

    16% Higher than other industries

  • Financial ServicesFinancial Services$62,121

    9% Higher than other industries

  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$61,195

    8% Higher than other industries

  • EducationEducation$60,613

    7% Higher than other industries

  • Management & ConsultingManagement & Consulting$55,663

    1% Lower than other industries

Information Technology

Top paying companies in Information Technology for Translator are VMware, Google, and Bloomberg L.P..

Bloomberg L.P.Bloomberg L.P.$88,435/yr

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Translator pay FAQ

The average salary for a Translator is $60,708 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 1419 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Translator employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Translator in United States is $81,035 per year.

The lowest salary for a Translator in United States is $45,599 per year.

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

Translators typically work in an office setting. Since their role allows for the assistance of a dictionary and translation software, their role is generally considered less stressful than that of interpreters, although pay is similar. Demand is especially high for interpreters with language skills in English, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin. Translators with fluency in these languages generally command higher pay for their services and find more clients if they choose to work as freelancers. Additionally, translators with judiciary or medical subject-matter expertise earn higher pay.

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An excellent work/life balance, career flexibility, and the potential for an extra $3,180.66 annually could qualify a translator's salary as good. According to anonymous Glassdoor ratings, approximately 64% of translators are satisfied with their current pay.

Following the typical career path of a translator, your earnings would increase with experience, education, and professional certification. Across all experience levels, translator salaries range between $35,255.71 and $104,872.22, with an average of $57,527.44. If you remain in the field and progress to a senior-level position, you could expect to increase your earnings even more.

The American Translators Association (ATA) offers certification in over two dozen distinct languages, so you can earn professional certification in every language that you speak. While not required, this is an excellent way to stand out to potential employers and to earn a higher salary as a translator over time. You can also demonstrate your language proficiency by taking the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT). Gaining experience in the translation industry is the easiest path to scoring a higher salary, so use the job's flexibility to your benefit. Working part-time, freelance, or contract jobs as a translator could gain you valuable skills, broaden your professional network, and strengthen your overall resume.

In a translator role, your negotiating power lies in your professional perception. Gaining credibility through certification, language proficiency tests, and experience could score you higher earnings in the 10 to 15% range. Every job counts, so one extra role as a contract or freelance-based translator could boost your bargaining power. Before hitting the negotiating table, research the client's needs. You should know what material the job is, its length, what you need to accomplish, and which deliverables are required. Also consider how to make the job easier for them using solid suggestions to back up your claim. The better you understand what your client/employer expects, the greater your bargaining power.

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