Sign Language Interpreter Salary

The average Sign Language Interpreter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $25.41 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, a little less than half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. Most Sign Language Interpreters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Sign Language Interpreters far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,965 - $60,200
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MEDIAN: $36,931
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$15.17 - $46.11
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$0$90K
Salary $23,965 - $60,200
Bonus $2,300
Total Pay (?
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$27,080 - $90,569
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 162
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $15.17 - $46.11
Hourly Tips $0.61
Overtime $18.03 - $49.49
Annual Data $0$90K
Bonus $2,300
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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$27,080 - $90,569
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 374

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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.

Sign Language Interpreter Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Sign Language Interpreter


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 34 percent, 31 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. American Sign Language and English Language are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Sign Language Interpreter

Pay by Experience for a Sign Language Interpreter has a positive trend. An entry-level Sign Language Interpreter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 256 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sign Language Interpreter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 133 salaries. An experienced Sign Language Interpreter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 142 salaries. A Sign Language Interpreter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,811

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Sign Language Interpreters, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Sign Language Interpreters will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+48 percent), Washington (+47 percent), Seattle (+33 percent), and Las Vegas (+31 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 14 percent below the national average.

Sign Language Interpreter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sign Language Interpreter?

Sign Language Interpreter in St. Louis:
Pros: Working with different people, in different situations daily.
Cons: Other interpreters like to be catty and cut throat. It is difficult to trust a coworker.

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Key Stats for Sign Language Interpreter

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

▲13%

▲7%

▲7%

National Average
$50,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Spanish Language
▲34%

Interpreting
▲31%

ASL
▲6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲4%


National Average
$50,000

American Sign Language
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 51%
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