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Interpreters and Translators in Washington

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Interpreters and Translators in Washington

Is Washington a good place for you to work as an Interpreter or Translator?

22.0% Jobs Projection
$46,650 Median Salary
240 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Interpreters and Translators Work in Washington?

880 people worked as Interpreters and Translators in 2018 in this state.

There were 1,410 Interpreters and Translators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 530 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Washington

Jobs for Interpreters and Translators in this state are growing at a rate of 22.0% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 17.7%.


Washington Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 240 annual job openings, and a total of 2,440 jobs for Washington Interpreters and Translators in 2026.

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

What do Interpreters and Translators Make in Washington?

In 2018 wages for Interpreters and Translators ranged from $27,860 to $69,330 with $46,650 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $13.39 to $33.33. The median hourly rate was $22.43.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $19.43 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $3.00.

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


Top Washington 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
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 960 $49,990
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 380 $47,730
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 60 $36,420
Kennewick-Richland, WA 50 $48,080

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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