Sign Language Interpreter Salary

The average Sign Language Interpreter in the United States earns approximately $24.83 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $14.87 per hour, and the top verges on $40.52. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Sign Language Interpreters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Sign Language Interpreters who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,650 - $61,147

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$14.87 - $40.52

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$21,650 - $61,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
Total Pay (?
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$24,814 - $79,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $40.52  
   
Overtime
$17.06 - $55.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
   
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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$24,814 - $79,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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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Popular Skills for Sign Language Interpreter


Survey results suggest that Sign Language Interpreters put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Interpreting, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 46 percent, 14 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sign Language. Experience with American Sign Language is often linked with knowledge of English Language.

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 $41K. 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 $50K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries



Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Interpreting
up arrow 46%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 14%

Spanish Language
up arrow 11%


National Average
$46,000

English Language
up arrow 3%

Sign Language
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 37%
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