Interpreters and translators

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Total Workforce

81.6k

Average Age

43.6

Average Salary

$38,736

Average Male Salary

$49,668

Average Female Salary

$34,528

About

Interpreters and translators are most often employed by the Other professional, scientific & technical services  industry. The average yearly wage for Interpreters and translators was $38,736 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Interpreters and translators by wage are Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, and Recreational therapists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Interpreters and translators are Worcester City PUMA, MA and Provo City PUMA, UT. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Interpreters and translators are Worcester City PUMA, MA and Provo City PUMA, UT.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Interpreters and translators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Other professional, scientific & technical services is the industry that employs the most Interpreters and translators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Interpreters and translators, by average wage, is National security & international affairs. Interpreters and translators are paid most in Columbia County PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Worcester City PUMA, MA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$38,736

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,222

In 2018, Interpreters and translators earned an average of $38,736, $15,152 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians make somewhat more than Interpreters and translators while Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Interpreters and translators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.419

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Interpreters and translators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.419, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Interpreters and translators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Interpreters and translators.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Interpreters and translators.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Interpreters and translators, by average wage, are National security & international affairs, Religious organizations, and Justice, public order, & safety activities .

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Industries by Share

81.6k

2018 Workforce

± 7,012

This graphic shows the share of Interpreters and translators employed by various industries. Other professional, scientific & technical services employs the largest share of Interpreters and translators at  31.5%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 19.6% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 7.7%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Interpreters and translators in the US. The average age of male Interpreters and translators in the workforce is 42.3 and of female Interpreters and translators is 44.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Interpreters and translators is White.

Gender Composition

22.7k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 3,698

58.9k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,959

72.2% of Interpreters and translators are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Interpreters and translators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Interpreters and translators

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Other

68.8% of Interpreters and translators are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.9% of Interpreters and translators, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Interpreters and translators.

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Age by Gender

42.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2.54

44.1

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.42

The median age of Interpreters and translators is 43.6, and Male employees are generally 1.77 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Interpreters and translators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Interpreters and translators is Language & Linguistics but a relatively high number of Interpreters and translators hold a major in Language & Linguistics.

Majors

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