Sign Language Interpreter Salary

For Sign Language Interpreters, hourly average wages total $25.05 per hour. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the specific company are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, one-half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. The vast majority (84 percent) of Sign Language Interpreters who took the survey are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,373 - $63,187
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MEDIAN: $37,781
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$14.83 - $45.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$23,373 - $63,187  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $4,932  
Total Pay (?
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$26,053 - $84,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $45.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.61  
Overtime
$10.26 - $50.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $4,932  
   
Total Pay (?
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$26,053 - $84,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 346

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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.

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Sign Language Interpreters generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Spanish Language, Interpreting, and ASL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 33 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Employees educated in American Sign Language are typically practiced in English Language, too.

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: $49,127

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For Sign Language Interpreters, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Sign Language Interpreters will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+50 percent), Washington (+49 percent), Seattle (+34 percent), and Las Vegas (+33 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Sign Language Interpreter

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

▲14%

▲9%

▲8%

National Average
$49,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Spanish Language
▲36%

Interpreting
▲33%

ASL
▲8%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲6%


American Sign Language
▼0%

National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 48%
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