Sign Language Interpreter Salary

The average Sign Language Interpreter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $24.83 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $14.91 per hour to $40.41. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Female Sign Language Interpreters far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,650 - $61,147
(Median)
$22K
$36K
$61K
MEDIAN: $36,204
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$14.91 - $40.41
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$21,650 - $61,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
Total Pay (?
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$24,815 - $79,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $40.41  
   
Overtime
$17.11 - $54.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
   
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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$24,815 - $79,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 319
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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


Sign Language Interpreters report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, American Sign Language, Spanish Language, and Sign Language are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $50K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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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

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 14%


Spanish Language
up arrow 11%

Sign Language
0%

National Average
$46,000

English Language
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 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: 59% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 38%
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