Interpreters and translators

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2019 Workforce
83.7k
Average Age
41.8
Estimated Job Growth
20%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$38,448
Average Male Salary
$49,175
Average Female Salary
$34,020

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 Seaside, Monterey, Marina & Pacific Grove Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$38,448
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,965

In 2019, Interpreters and translators earned an average of $38,448, $17,076 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic make somewhat more than Interpreters and translators while Healthcare diagnosing or treating practitioners, all other 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

0.417
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Interpreters and translators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.417, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Interpreters and translators

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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Industries by Share

83.7k
2019 Workforce
± 7,103
2.61%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 11.8%

The number of people employed as Interpreters and translators has been growing at a rate of 2.61%, from 81,614 people in 2018 to 83,745 people in 2019.

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  38.2%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 13.6% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 8.03%.

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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 39.8 and of female Interpreters and translators is 42.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Interpreters and translators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

24.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,840
59.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,976

70.8% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

44.1% of Interpreters and translators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 25.5% of Interpreters and translators, White (Hispanic) 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

39.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.3
42.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.37

The median age of Interpreters and translators is 41.8, and Male employees are generally 2.76 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.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Interpreters and Translators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Interpreters and Translators are expected to see a growth of 20% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

20%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Interpreters and Translators. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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