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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 $36.60 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Winnipeg, Manitoba at $24.54 per hour.
A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $50,000 – $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 four job vacancies will still result from expansion demand.
Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters in Canada
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|Calgary – Alberta(1)*||–||36.60||–||2017|
|Edmonton – Alberta(1)*||–||36.60||–||2017|
|Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia||15.00||26.68||40.28||2016|
|Winnipeg – Manitoba||15.00||24.54||35.84||2014|
|Fredericton – New Brunswick(3)||15.00||28.85||41.67||2016|
|Halifax – Nova Scotia||15.48||25.00||32.55||2014|
|Toronto – Ontario||19.44||33.90||48.20||2016|
|Ottawa – Ontario||20.49||32.31||51.66||2016|
|Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1)||14.57||28.85||40.00||2016|
|Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario||14.57||28.85||40.00||2016|
|Prince Edward Island(3)||15.00||28.85||41.67||2016|
|Montreal – Quebec||18.00||32.00||44.97||2016|
There are over 20,000 translators, terminologists and interpreters working in Canada.
The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in art and culture, which includes translators, terminologists and interpreters, is $30.11. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,125, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $58,000.