Sign Language Interpreters in the United States pull down an average of $24.89 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the specific company. There are far more female Sign Language Interpreters who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. Although just under one-half lack health benefits of any kind, around half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Sign Language Interpreters. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,637 - $57,006
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MEDIAN: $38,599
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National Salary Data (?
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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
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $44.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.80  
Overtime
$11.74 - $51.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-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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Sign Language Interpreters report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Spanish Language, Interpreting, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 23 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. On average, Sign Language Interpreters make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $57K on average.

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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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