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 Alberta at $45.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Winnipeg, Manitoba at $22.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $45,000 – $70,000.

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 six job vacancies is expected to result from expansion demand.

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

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta(1)* 18.45 45.00 45.00 2019
Edmonton – Alberta(1)* 18.45 45.00 45.00 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia(3) 15.00 25.00 40.38 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba(1) 11.80 22.00 28.57 2018
Fredericton – New Brunswick(3) 15.00 25.00 40.38 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia(3) 15.00 25.00 40.38 2018
Toronto – Ontario(1) 16.00 25.00 40.50 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 17.00 25.00 37.95 2018
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 16.00 25.00 40.50 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 16.00 25.00 40.50 2018
Prince Edward Island(3) 15.00 25.00 40.38 2018
Montreal – Quebec 15.00 27.18 39.95 2018
Saskatchewan(3) 15.00 25.00 40.38 2018

Methodology

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
Number in employment

There are over 19,000 translators, terminologists and interpreters working in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in art and culture, which includes translators, terminologists and interpreters, is $32.29. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,211, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $63,000.

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