How Much Money Do Court Interpreters Make?

The job of a court interpreter is a very rewarding profession. As per July 1, 2018 statistical reports, the average annual salary range for U.S federal and state staff court interpreters is between $30,000 and $80,000 with a median of $47,190 . The range of salaries depends on the level of experience. An interpreter or translator with less than five years of experience can expect to earn an average of $40,000 a year. However, they have limited employment opportunity, mostly work as an independent contractor.


Moreover, their pays not only varies with experience, it greatly depends on the place of their work. Full-time court interpreters in California make an average salary between $71,000 and $84,261. In Florida, they start at much lower at $43,331, but can make up to $86,662. In New York, interpreters make between $54,000 and $75,000. Court interpreters in Wisconsin make much less at an annual average salary between $25,000 and $50,000. The amount of money that a court interpreter makes also varies with the federal court system. Certified and professionally qualified interpreters who work on a contract basis make $418 per day. If they work a half-day, they make $226. The overtime rate for certified and professionally qualified interpreters is $59 per hour. Language-skilled non-certified interpreters make $202 for a full day. The half-day rate is $111. Overtime pay for language-skilled non-certified interpreters is $35 per hour.

However, we should keep in mind that, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have a separate job category for court interpreters. Instead, it includes them in the broader category of interpreters and translators who work in a variety of fields. Thus, there is no exclusive or true data on the earnings of court interpreter--different assessments show different results. However, some of these estimations remain close to each others. One of such reliable assessments from ZipRecruiter shows that the national average annual earning of a court interpreter is $43,780 with the highest of $66,500 and minimum at $17,000.

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