Poll: In general, how does your income compare with the average in your country of residence?
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Jan 14, 2018

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Teresa Borges
Local time: 09:03
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Well above average Jan 14, 2018

My income consists of a comfortable retirement pension from having worked as an in-house translator and of my freelancing.

[Edited at 2018-01-14 21:15 GMT]


Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:03
English to Spanish
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Averages Jan 14, 2018

In America, different states (50) have their own average incomes, then there's the federal average. According to the Pew Research's calculator (found here: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/05/11/are-you-in-the-american-middle-class/), I sit in the middle for the Cleveland-Elyria region in the state of Ohio. Countrywide, I belong to the 47% middle income tier.

In my opinion, what makes American people the poorer are two kinds of expenses: medical costs and educational expenses ($1.3 trillion dollars owed by American students of all ages).


Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:03
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Average Jan 14, 2018

for my kind of educational background


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:03
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Average vs. median Jan 15, 2018

My income from freelancing and retirement from my full-time translation job matches the average income in the US (according to what I just looked up), but it is considerably higher than the median income.

In a country with a lot of billionaires, average income is not very meaningful, IMO.

If the question referred to average *translation* income, I suspect it's a lot higher than average or median.

[Edited at 2018-01-15 08:53 GMT]


Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:03
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Well above the average, but still not good Jan 16, 2018

In my country (Brazil), my income is well above the average. But if I lived in Europe or in North-America, it would be an average medium-class income or a little above it. I'm far from being rich either in Brazil or anywhere else, though, because I don't have valuable assets. After a divorce that washed it all away and more than 20 years of child support for three kids, two of them are in college and the third one is going to college this year. So, I suppose in about 5 years I'll be able to have a financial turnover in my life.


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