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Sign Language Interpreter Salary

Pay for Sign Language Interpreters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $25.01 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $14.94 per hour and $40.29. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Sign Language Interpreters report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. Women account for the majority of Sign Language Interpreters who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,352 - $61,147
(Median)
$21K
$36K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,808
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$14.94 - $40.29
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$21,352 - $61,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,002  
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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$25,168 - $79,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.94 - $40.29  
   
Overtime
$18.31 - $53.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,002  
   
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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$25,168 - $79,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316

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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

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

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Survey results show that Sign Language Interpreters typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, American Sign Language, Sign Language, and English Language are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. For Sign Language Interpreters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 13%


Sign Language
up arrow 3%

English Language
0%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 39%
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