Interpreter Job Description Sample

Interpreters are responsible for translating communication - usually verbal; sometimes written – from one language to another. They work in a variety of industries.

Job Description Sample

We are seeking an Interpreter to provide translation services within our organization. The ideal candidate is fluent – both orally and written – in at least two languages and has strong grammar and punctuation skills in all languages they profess fluency in. This role is well-suited for an individual who can translate quickly and convey information in a clear and concise manner.


An Interpreter earns between $21,000 and $71,000 per year. The median salary is $39,000 annually. Average hourly rate is $20.46.


  • Bilingual.
  • Strong grammar.
  • Translation.
  • Proficient typing.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ability to decipher dialogue from a wide variety of people – accents, nuances, etc.
  • Translating exactly what you hear from one language to another.
  • Including interpretations when needed.
  • Including tone and emotions from primary language to target language.
  • Complete all documentation and log activities from each session.
  • Meet ethical compliance standards for interpretation.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Certification or training in interpretation.
  • Ability to remain impartial and translate clearly and precisely.
  • Excellent communication, grammar and punctuation skills in all languages required for this position.
  • Strong listening and note-taking skills.
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse individuals.
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Job Title:
[Job Title]

[Job Summary/Job Brief]

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(Optional) Work Environment:
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