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Quick Facts: Interpreters and Translators
2019 Median Pay $51,830 per year 
$24.92 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2019 77,400
Job Outlook, 2019-29 20% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2019-29 15,500

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 $51,830 in May 2019.

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