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Quick Facts: Interpreters and Translators
2017 Median Pay $47,190 per year 
$22.69 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2016 68,200
Job Outlook, 2016-26 18% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 12,100

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


  • Translators provide products and services, and work with written documents, as distinguished from interpreters, who work as oral language mediators. While most practitioners pursue one field or the other, it is possible to work in both. Interpreters and translators are employed in a variety of industries: schools, colleges and universities; healthcare and social assistance, especially hospitals; and other areas of government, such as Federal, State and local courts. Other employers of interpreters and translators include interpreting and translation agencies. Translators work predominantly into the mother tongue.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor: employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The median annual wage for interpreters and translators was $47,190 in May 2017 (lowest 10% earned less than $25,620 and highest 10% more than $82, 290).

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