Occupational Employment Statistics


27-3091 Interpreters and Translators

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota  6      

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services460$26.97/hr
Education and Health Services1,050$26.71/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration40$30.71/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/A0.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/A$26.87/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/A$26.87/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/A$28.42/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$28.92/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State 10$27.38/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$22.41/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 30$23.80/hr0.0%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$22.26/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$21.40/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 200$23.52/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 290$23.18/hr9.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,000$27.39/hr17.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,030$27.25/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,600$26.78/hr13.0%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 460$67,774.62/yr10.6%
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs N/A$25.18/hr7.7%
Concierges 540$16.51/hr11.1%

  • Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
  • Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
  • Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.
  • Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.
  • Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.
  • Educate students, parents, staff, and teachers about the roles and functions of educational interpreters.
  • Compile information on content and context of information to be translated and on intended audience.
  • Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.
  • Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.
  • Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.