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Sign Language Interpreter Salary (United States)

A Sign Language Interpreter earns an average wage of $25.21 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Sign Language Interpreter Salary (?
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$22,177 - $59,444
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $34,658
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Sign Language Interpreter Salary (?
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$14.32 - $41.59
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$22,177 - $59,444  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
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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$25,032 - $82,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $41.59  
   
Overtime
$18.47 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
   
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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$25,032 - $82,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 312
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Sign Language Interpreter

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

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
up arrow 47%
St. Louis
up arrow 23%
National Average
$44,000
Columbus
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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
National Average
$44,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

American Sign Language
up arrow 3%
National Average
$44,000
Spanish Language
up arrow 2%
English Language
up arrow 3%
Sign Language
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 42%