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Sign Language Interpreter Salary

Sign Language Interpreters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $25.18 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $14.63 per hour to $41.69. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Roughly two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The vast majority of Sign Language Interpreters (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. For the most part, Sign Language Interpreters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$22,241 - $60,087
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$22K
$36K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,694
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$14.63 - $41.69
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$22,241 - $60,087  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
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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$25,260 - $82,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $41.69  
   
Overtime
$18.54 - $56.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
   
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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$25,260 - $82,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 312
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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 takers who work as Sign Language Interpreters report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in American Sign Language, Spanish Language, English Language, and Sign Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sign Language, English Language, and Spanish Language. Those with knowledge of American Sign Language tend to be skilled in English Language as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Sign Language Interpreter

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. On average, Sign Language Interpreters make $50K following one to two decades on the job. 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

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

American Sign Language
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%


Sign Language
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 41%