A Sign Language Interpreter earns an average wage of $24.89 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Spanish Language and Interpreting.
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$22,637 - $57,006
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MEDIAN: $38,599
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$22,637 - $57,006  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $4,894  
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$26,007 - $84,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $44.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.80  
Overtime
$11.74 - $51.06  
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$-0.50 - $4,894  
   
Total Pay (?
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$26,007 - $84,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 361
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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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Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 55%

Interpreting
up arrow 23%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%


Sign Language
up arrow 3%

English Language
0%

ASL
0%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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