Training Requirements for Interpreters And Translators

Interpreters and translators need a bachelor's degree and short-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Interpreters and translators
Percent
Less than High School 3.6
High School 10.9
Some College 19.5
Associates Degree 13.7
Bachelors Degree 32.3
Masters Degree 16.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 3.9

Employment Outlook for Interpreters And Translators

This represents about 61,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 17,000 more interpreters and translators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 27,000 more.

Typical Income for Interpreters And Translators

Hourly Income

On average,interpreters and translators make $24.64 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Interpreters and translators $12.20 $16.46 $22.17 $29.78 $39.91
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $10.20 $14.69 $22.69 $34.33 $49.69
Media and communication workers $12.88 $18.20 $26.34 $37.17 $50.89
Miscellaneous media and communication workers $11.97 $15.63 $21.85 $29.96 $41.59
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, interpreters and translators make $51,260 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Interpreters and translators $25,370 $34,230 $46,120 $61,950 $83,010
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $21,210 $30,560 $47,190 $71,410 $103,360
Media and communication workers $26,800 $37,860 $54,780 $77,310 $105,850
Miscellaneous media and communication workers $24,890 $32,500 $45,460 $62,320 $86,500
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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