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Interpreters and Translators in Illinois

Want to work in Illinois as an Interpreter or Translator? Read this first!

9.5% Jobs Projection
$43,100 Median Salary
170 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Interpreters and Translators in Illinois are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Interpreters and Translators in Illinois is growing faster than average.

  • Interpreters and Translators in Illinois earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Interpreters and Translators Work in Illinois?

There were approximately 1,970 workers employed as Interpreters and Translators in this state in 2018.

There were 1,440 Interpreters and Translators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 530 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 650 Interpreters and Translators working in it, which means Illinois has more Interpreters and Translators than average.


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Interpreters and Translators in this state are growing at a rate of 9.5% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 17.7%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 170 annual job openings, and 1,850 total jobs in 2026 for Interpreters and Translators in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 7,800 annual jobs and 80,300 total jobs in 2026.

What do Interpreters and Translators Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Interpreters and Translators ranged from $30,620 to $69,220 with $43,100 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.72 to $33.28. The median hourly rate was $20.72.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $21.9 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $1.18.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Illinois Metros for Interpreters and Translators

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Interpreters and Translators.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,690 $43,970
St. Louis, MO-IL 490 $60,680
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 70 $40,920
Peoria, IL 70 $32,680
Champaign-Urbana, IL 40 $43,170
Bloomington, IL 30 $47,990

Top States for Interpreters and Translators Employment

The table below shows the states where most Interpreters and Translators work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 9,310 $55,010
Texas 5,460 $52,830
Florida 3,720 $40,660
New York 3,300 $64,460
Arizona 2,940 $40,280
Massachusetts 2,140 $53,280
Virginia 2,000 $70,780
Illinois 1,970 $43,100
Ohio 1,870 $52,600
North Carolina 1,770 $43,770
Georgia 1,610 $55,250
Utah 1,560 $41,650
Colorado 1,440 $59,540
Minnesota 1,440 $53,250
Oregon 1,210 $49,950
Maryland 1,120 $71,280
Wisconsin 1,070 $50,800
Missouri 980 $57,090
Washington 880 $46,650
Michigan 870 $39,850

Below are the states where Interpreters and Translators get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $98,850
Maryland $71,280
Virginia $70,780
New Jersey $64,600
New York $64,460
Colorado $59,540
New Mexico $57,200
Missouri $57,090
Georgia $55,250
California $55,010

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