Average salary of translators in selected European countries in 2017 | Statistic

This statistic displays the average annual salary of people working as translators across a variety of European countries, in Euros. Switzerland had a disproportionally high average salary for translators, with over fifty thousand euros per year more than the second highest paying nation, Luxembourg. However, the data reported in this statistic should be treated with caution** for a number of reasons.

Average annual salary for translators in select European countries in 2017

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Release date

June 2017



Survey time period


Number of respondents

238 respondents

Supplementary notes

* Figures for these countries were not presented in euros.
Switzerland's data was presented in Swiss francs and was converted from 88,000 CHF at an exchange rate of 1 CHF : 0.92 EUR.
Turkey's data was presented in U.S. dollars and was converted from 24,000 USD at an exchange rate of 1 USD : 0.894 EUR.
The United Kingdom's data was presented in British pounds and was converted from 22,332 GBP at an exchange rate of 1 GBP : 1.138 EUR.
All exchange rates were current as of 12 pm on June 9, 2017.

** This data about the average annual salary was conducted by anonymous survey and the figures obtained were self-reported. Also, due to the small sample sizes in some countries, the figures should be treated with caution. The sample sizes were:
37 people in Germany,
15 people in Ireland,
7 people in Italy,
11 people in Luxembourg,
22 people in the Netherlands,
14 people in Spain,
9 people in Switzerland,
17 people in Turkey,
106 people in the UK.

These figures do not take into account various factors which may influence a translator's rate of pay, such as level of education, years of experience, languages known, and sectors of specialization.

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