Sign Language Interpreter Salary

Median pay for Sign Language Interpreters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $24.92 per hour. Pay ranges from $14.80 per hour on the low end to $41.51 on the high end. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a little over a half and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Sign Language Interpreters who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 83 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$22,808 - $59,547
(Median)
$23K
$37K
$60K
MEDIAN: $37,420
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$14.80 - $41.51
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$22,808 - $59,547  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
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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$25,526 - $81,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.80 - $41.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.83  
Overtime
$14.54 - $57.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
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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$25,526 - $81,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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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 show that Sign Language Interpreters use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Interpreting, Oral / Verbal Communication, and ASL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows American Sign Language to be familiar with 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Sign Language Interpreters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. For Sign Language Interpreters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries




National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Interpreting
up arrow 35%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 12%

ASL
up arrow 11%

Spanish Language
up arrow 9%


Sign Language
up arrow 5%

National Average
$46,000

English Language
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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