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Earnings for translators vary depending on experience, skills, number of languages used, and employers. In government, translators generally begin at the GS-5 rating, earning from $30,113 to $39,149 in 2020. Those with a college degree can start at the higher GS-7 level, earning from $37,301 to $48,888. With an advanced degree, trainees begin at the GS-9 ($45,627 to $59,316), GS-10 ($50,246 to $65,321), or GS-11 level ($55,204 to $71,764).

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