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Interpreters and Translators in California

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

20.4% Jobs Projection
$55,010 Median Salary
1,220 Job Openings

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

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

  • Interpreters and Translators in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Interpreters and Translators Work in California?

In California, there were 9,310 people working as Interpreters and Translators in the year 2018.

There were 8,670 Interpreters and Translators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 640 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Interpreters and Translators in this state are growing at a rate of 20.4% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 17.7%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,220 annual job openings, and a total of 12,400 jobs for California 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 California?

In 2018 wages for Interpreters and Translators ranged from $31,380 to $91,740 with $55,010 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $15.09 to $44.1. The median hourly rate was $26.45.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $25.49 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.96.

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


Top California 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
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,980 $54,430
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 900 $51,620
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 790 $62,470
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 450 $51,990
Fresno, CA 380 $60,610
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 320 $56,700
Modesto, CA 100 $38,620
Bakersfield, CA 80 $40,680
Stockton-Lodi, CA 60 $47,320
Merced, CA 40 $46,230

Top States for Interpreters and Translators Employment

View the list below to see 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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