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 $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

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta(1)*36.602017
Edmonton – Alberta(1)*36.602017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 15.0026.68 40.282016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 15.00 24.5435.842014
Fredericton – New Brunswick(3)15.0028.8541.672016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 15.4825.0032.552014
Toronto – Ontario 19.4433.9048.202016
Ottawa – Ontario 20.4932.3151.662016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 14.5728.8540.002016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 14.5728.8540.002016
Prince Edward Island(3)15.0028.8541.672016
Montreal – Quebec 18.0032.0044.972016


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 20,000 translators, terminologists and interpreters working in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

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.

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