Sign Language Interpreter Salary

Median pay for Sign Language Interpreters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $25.14 per hour. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Sign Language Interpreters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although approximately half lack health benefits of any kind, slightly less than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The vast majority (85 percent) of Sign Language Interpreters who took the survey are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,761 - $58,958
$23K
$37K
$59K
MEDIAN: $37,284
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$14.80 - $45.01
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MEDIAN: $25.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$22,761 - $58,958  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $4,932  
Total Pay (?
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$25,922 - $84,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.80 - $45.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.80  
Overtime
$11.74 - $51.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $4,932  
   
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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$25,922 - $84,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 365

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Job Description for Sign Language Interpreter

The sign language interpreter provides translation into American Sign Language (ASL) for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) individuals, as well as provides translation from these individuals into spoken English (or another language, depending on their specialty and audience). These interpreter can work in a variety of settings such as schools, offices, and conferences, among many others. Positions may be part time and full time, and the interpreter may work as an independent contractor. When employed in schools, the interpreter may translate teachers' speech into sign language for Deaf and HoH students and others (such as Deaf and HoH staff members) as needed. Other uses for interpreters include seminars, presentations, and emergency room interpretations for patients.

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Sign Language Interpreter Tasks

  • Translate communications between hearing and non-hearing people using American Sign Language (ASL) and/or Signing Exact English (SEE).
  • Provide information and orientation to non-hearing people in emergency situations.
  • Serve as liaison with non-hearing and hearing people in various business or social situations.

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Popular Skills for Sign Language Interpreter


Sign Language Interpreters report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Spanish Language, Interpreting, and ASL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 69 percent, 27 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Aptitude in American Sign Language tends to also indicate an understanding of English Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Sign Language Interpreter

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Sign Language Interpreters who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $56K.

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Key Stats for Sign Language Interpreter

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

▲14%

▲8%

▲8%

National Average
$49,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Spanish Language
▲69%

Interpreting
▲27%

ASL
▲6%


Oral / Verbal Communication
▲5%



National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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