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According to the BLS, interpreters and translators earned a median annual salary of $45,430 in 2012. The best-paid earned more than $91,800, while the lowest-paid earned less than $23,570. Industries that pay especially well include management, scientific and technical consulting services, computers systems design and the federal executive branch. The top-paying metropolitan areas are clustered on the East Coast and include Washington D.C., Bethesda, Md., and Augusta, Ga.

Job Salary Year
2004 $32,500.00
2006 $36,270.00
2008 $38,440.00
2010 $41,610.00
2012 $53,410.00

Average Interpreter and Translator Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

With an average salary of $53,410 per year, interpreters and translators earn less money than other social services professionals, such as clinical social workers ($51,460), middle school teachers ($56,280) and school psychologists ($72,220). However, the average salary of interpreters and translators is higher than that of exterminators ($32,190) and garbage collectors ($35,230).

Job Name Salary
Speech-Language Pathologist $69,870.00
School Psychologist $67,650.00
High School Teacher $55,050.00
School Counselor $53,610.00
Middle School Teacher $53,430.00
Interpreter and Translator $45,430.00

Best Paying Cities for Interpreters and Translators

The highest paid in the interpreter and translator profession work in the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C., Bethesda, Md., and Augusta, Ga. The Blacksburg, Va. area also pays well, as does the city of Portland, Maine.

Washington, D.C.

Average Salary: $92,390 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an interpreter and translator working in Washington, D.C. is $92,390, which is $46,960 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bethesda, Md.

Average Salary: $73,680 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an interpreter and translator working in Bethesda, Md. is $73,680, which is $28,250 more than the average pay in the profession.

Augusta, Ga.

Average Salary: $70,410 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an interpreter and translator working in Augusta, Ga. is $70,410, which is $24,980 more than the average pay in the profession.

Blacksburg, Va.

Average Salary: $69,380 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an interpreter and translator working in Blacksburg, Va. is $69,380, which is $23,950 more than the average pay in the profession.

Portland, Maine

Average Salary: $65,310 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an interpreter and translator working in Portland, Maine is $65,310, which is $19,880 more than the average pay in the profession.

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