Sign Language Interpreter Salary

Median pay for Sign Language Interpreters in the United States is around $24.96 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $14.76 per hour to $40.52. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Women account for the majority of Sign Language Interpreters who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,262 - $60,245
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$21K
$35K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,235
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$14.76 - $40.52
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$21,262 - $60,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,002  
Total Pay (?
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$25,007 - $80,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $40.52  
   
Overtime
$18.39 - $55.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,002  
   
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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$25,007 - $80,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 322

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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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Sign Language Interpreters who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, American Sign Language, Sign Language, and English Language are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. English Language is a skill commonly found among those who know American Sign Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Sign Language Interpreter

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. Sign Language Interpreters bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 12%


Sign Language
up arrow 3%

English Language
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 38%