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Sign Language Interpreter Salary (United States)

Sign Language Interpreters in the United States pull down an average of $25.21 per hour. Earnings sit near $14.32 per hour on the lower side but can approach $41.59 on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Sign Language Interpreters are largely women, dominating the profession at 85 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Sign Language Interpreter Salary (?
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$22,177 - $59,444
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MEDIAN: $34,658
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Sign Language Interpreter Salary (?
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$14.32 - $41.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$22,177 - $59,444  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
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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$25,032 - $82,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $41.59  
   
Overtime
$18.47 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
   
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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$25,032 - $82,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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).

Sign Language Interpreter Job Listings

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Sign Language Interpreters usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in American Sign Language, Spanish Language, English Language, and Sign Language are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sign 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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $51K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; over one-half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one in three of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one-seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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St. Louis
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National Average
$44,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Sign Language Interpreters, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 47 percent above the national average. Sign Language Interpreters will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+23 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$44,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

American Sign Language
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National Average
$44,000
Spanish Language
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English Language
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Sign Language
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 42%