Sign Language Interpreter Salary

Median pay for Sign Language Interpreters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $25.27 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Sign Language Interpreters (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. While half report receiving no health benefits, about one-half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,503 - $61,277
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$38K
$61K
MEDIAN: $37,713
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$14.89 - $45.66
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MEDIAN: $25.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$23,503 - $61,277  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $4,894  
Total Pay (?
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$26,256 - $86,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.89 - $45.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.61  
Overtime
$11.00 - $49.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $4,894  
   
Total Pay (?
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$26,256 - $86,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 367

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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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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

National Average: $49,372

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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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Key Stats for Sign Language Interpreter

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

▲14%

▲8%

▲8%

National Average
$49,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Spanish Language
▲35%

Interpreting
▲32%

ASL
▲7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲5%


American Sign Language
▼0%

National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 50%
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