Sign Language Interpreter Salary

Sign Language Interpreters in the United States pull down an average of $24.84 per hour. Pay ranges from $14.89 per hour on the low end to $40.29 on the high end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Sign Language Interpreters far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. For the most part, Sign Language Interpreters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,861 - $61,306
(Median)
$22K
$36K
$61K
MEDIAN: $36,222
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$14.89 - $40.29
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$21,861 - $61,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
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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$24,849 - $79,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.89 - $40.29  
   
Overtime
$17.17 - $53.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
   
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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$24,849 - $79,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316
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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 typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, American Sign Language, Sign Language, and English Language are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like English Language. Employees educated in American Sign Language are typically practiced in English Language, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Sign Language Interpreter

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. For Sign Language Interpreters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Sign Language Interpreters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 9%


National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 12%


National Average
$46,000

English Language
up arrow 3%

Sign Language
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 38%
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