Medical Interpreter Salary

The average pay for a Medical Interpreter is $19.65 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$30,526 - $57,618
$31K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,692
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$13.97 - $30.81
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MEDIAN: $19.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,526 - $57,618  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $5,383  
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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$29,665 - $64,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.97 - $30.81  
   
Overtime
$17.94 - $44.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $5,383  
   
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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$29,665 - $64,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 327

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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

  • 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.
  • Ensure the patient and the healthcare provider understand the questions, answers, and instructions transmitted by the speaker.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Interpreter

Pay by Experience for a Medical Interpreter has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Interpreter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 236 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Interpreter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 126 salaries. An experienced Medical Interpreter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 76 salaries. A Medical Interpreter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,358

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Key Stats for Medical Interpreter

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Medical Interpreter Salaries

▲25%

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$41,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Medical Interpreter Salaries

Russian Language
▲6%

Arabic Language
▲3%

National Average
$41,000



Bilingual
▼4%

Portuguese Language
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 44%