Translator | Interpreter Salary Canada

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Average Translator’s, Terminologist’s and Interpreter’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 5125.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: translator, interpreter, terminologist and localiser.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Ottawa, Ontario at $33.47 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $24.54 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $45,000 – $65,000.

Government data indicates that there will be enough job seekers for this profession for the near future. Machine translation may reduce employment growth in this occupation, however one in three job vacancies will still result from expansion demand.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta(1)*31.1131.1141.712015
Edmonton – Alberta(1)*31.1131.1141.712015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 13.5027.19 69.182014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 15.00 24.5435.842014
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1) 20.1833.4047.412011
Halifax – Nova Scotia 15.4825.0032.552014
Toronto – Ontario 16.8326.6742.382014
Ottawa – Ontario 17.4433.4750.262014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 16.8329.7442.382014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 16.8329.7442.382014
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 14.0027.4755.002014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Translating written text such as reports and legal documents from one language to another
›› Interpreting spoken word from one language to another
›› Translating sign language into spoken language or vice versa

Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport, which includes translators, terminologists and interpreters, is $21.98. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $840, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment unit of $44,000.

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