Medical Interpreter Salary
The average pay for a Medical Interpreter is $19.65 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
|Salary||$29,705 - $67,427|
|Bonus||$146.81 - $2,061|
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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).)
|$30,014 - $64,602|
|Hourly Rate||$14.35 - $30.57|
|Overtime||$17.38 - $44.65|
|Bonus||$146.81 - $2,061|
|Total Pay (||$30,014 - $64,602|
Job Description for Medical Interpreter
Medical interpreters offer language-translation services to patients who lack sufficient English-speaking skills to effectively communicate with doctors and other medical personnel, and they also translate English to other languages to help medical professionals communicate with non-English speaking patients. They focus primarily on translating speech, but may also translate written medical documents to and from English on occasion. With more immigrants and refugees coming from other countries to the United States, medical interpreters are increasingly important for communicating health-related information in medical settings.Read More...
Those who enter the field of medical interpretation must be fluent in a foreign language in order to facilitate necessary communication between patients, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. To ensure this, most medical interpreters have bachelor’s degrees in one or more foreign languages or interpretation, while others have lower degrees or have successfully completed a medical interpretation certificate program. The ability to employ this skill and communicate effectively in English and another language, both in speech and writing, is the goal of this position, and education in medical terminology is also highly beneficial. Although further medical training is also useful, it is not necessarily required for the position.
In most cases, medical interpreters work indoors in hospitals, doctors' offices, and similar settings, and hours often depend on the employer’s needs. At times, medical interpreters may work off-site and visit community centers and other locations where their skills are needed, and some of these locations may be outdoors, especially when working with patients who are unlikely or unable to reach a clinic or other indoor destination, which is especially true in disaster situations. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Medical Interpreter Tasks
- Respond to requests for interpretation and translation services in the health care setting.
- Assist health care providers in understanding patient's culture as it relates to health service interaction.
- Ensure the patient and the healthcare provider understand the questions, answers, and instructions transmitted by the speaker.
- Interpret accurately and directly given the idiomatic differences of languages.
- Interpret information regarding the patient's and family's medical needs including consent for treatment, history and physical assessment, and more.
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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Interpreter
Pay by Experience for a Medical Interpreter has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Interpreter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 236 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Interpreter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 126 salaries. An experienced Medical Interpreter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 76 salaries. A Medical Interpreter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 20 salaries.
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