Medical Interpreter Salary

A Medical Interpreter earns an average wage of $19.89 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$28,536 - $62,143
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,279
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$13.92 - $33.17
(Median)
$14
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,536 - $62,143  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
Profit Sharing
$983  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,122 - $66,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.92 - $33.17  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $44.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
   
Profit Sharing
$983  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$29,122 - $66,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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Job Description for Medical Interpreter

Medical interpreters offer language-translation services to patients who lack sufficient English-speaking skills to effectively communicate with doctors and other medical personnel, and they also translate English to other languages to help medical professionals communicate with non-English speaking patients. They focus primarily on translating speech, but may also translate written medical documents to and from English on occasion. With more immigrants and refugees coming from other countries to the United States, medical interpreters are increasingly important for communicating health-related information in medical settings.

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Medical Interpreter Tasks

  • Interpret accurately and directly given the idiomatic differences of languages.
  • Interpret information regarding the patient's and family's medical needs including consent for treatment, history and physical assessment, and more.
  • Ensure the patient and the healthcare provider understand the questions, answers, and instructions transmitted by the speaker.
  • Respond to requests for interpretation and translation services in the health care setting.
  • Assist health care providers in understanding patient's culture as it relates to health service interaction.

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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Interpreter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Medical Interpreter Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Medical Interpreter Salaries

Russian Language
up arrow 4%

Arabic Language
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%


Bilingual
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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