Sign Language Interpreter Salary
|Salary||$23,503 - $61,277|
|Bonus||$-0.50 - $4,894|
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|$26,256 - $86,924|
|Hourly Rate||$14.89 - $45.66|
|Overtime||$11.00 - $49.49|
|Bonus||$-0.50 - $4,894|
|Total Pay (||$26,256 - $86,924|
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.Read More...
Many positions require a national certification, though some jobs only require an in-house test. Some positions do not require experience working as an interpreter, but experience may be required or preferred. Some positions require the interpreter to have gone through an educational program in addition to a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
Interpersonal skills must be strong, as the position requires constant interaction with others. The sign language interpreter must also be a problem solver, able to solve linguistic and logistical issues quickly and effectively. Fluency in American Sign Language and English (or another target language, as required) is essential. Familiarity with working with Deaf and HoH individuals - including familiarity with Deaf culture - is needed as well.
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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Popular Skills for Sign Language Interpreter
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 35 percent, 32 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of American Sign Language tend to be skilled in English Language as well.
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
With a pay rate for Sign Language Interpreters that is 52 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Sign Language Interpreters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+49 percent), Washington (+49 percent), Seattle (+34 percent), and Las Vegas (+32 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 13 percent below the national average.
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