The average hourly pay for a Medical Interpreter is $20.07.
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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 t…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Interpreter
The top respondents for the job title Medical Interpreter are from the companies Language Line Services, Cyracom and Language Access Network. Reported salaries are highest at Language Line Services where the average pay is $18.00. Cyracom pays the lowest at around $13.23.
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Popular Skills for Medical Interpreter
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in English Language and Community Health are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication and Spanish Language.
Pay by Experience Level for Medical Interpreter
An entry-level Medical Interpreter with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $18.18 based on 68 salaries. An early career Medical Interpreter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.27 based on 329 salaries. A mid-career Medical Interpreter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.50 based on 189 salaries. An experienced Medical Interpreter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.40 based on 158 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Medical Interpreter in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 26.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (23.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (19.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (15.5% less), Indianapolis, Indiana (6.9% less) and Chicago, Illinois (2.3% less).
Years of Experience
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