$39,317
Avg. Salary
$25.49
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Sign Language Interpreter is $25.49 per hour.

The average pay for a Sign Language Interpreter is $39,317 per year.

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$46
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MEDIAN $25
$23,625 - $64,075
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MEDIAN: $39,317
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$15.45 - $46.03
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$0$88K
Salary $23,625 - $64,075
Bonus $3.00 - $5,600
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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$28,142 - $88,639
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 307
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $15.45 - $46.03
Hourly Tips $2.80
Overtime $17.44 - $52.94
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $3.00 - $5,600
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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$28,142 - $88,639
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 682

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

  • Translate communications between hearing and non-hearing people using American Sign Language (ASL) and/or Signing Exact English (SEE).
  • Provide information and orientation to non-hearing people in emergency situations.
  • Serve as liaison with non-hearing and hearing people in various business or social situations.

Sign Language Interpreter Pay By Employer

$0$88K

$66,940

Paraquad
4 profiles
$42,514

Sign Language Interpreter Job Listings

Popular Skills for Sign Language Interpreter


Sign Language Interpreters report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Spanish Language, Interpreting, and ASL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 31 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. American Sign Language and English Language are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Sign Language Interpreter

Pay by Experience for a Sign Language Interpreter has a positive trend. An entry-level Sign Language Interpreter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 256 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sign Language Interpreter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 133 salaries. An experienced Sign Language Interpreter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 142 salaries. A Sign Language Interpreter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,338

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Sign Language Interpreters, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Sign Language Interpreters will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+48 percent), Washington (+47 percent), Seattle (+33 percent), and Las Vegas (+31 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 14 percent below the national average.

Sign Language Interpreter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sign Language Interpreter?

Sign Language Interpreter in Corona:
"Purple Corona."
Pros: Flexible Hours. Decent pay, nice co workers.
Cons: Lack of job satisfaction. No progress is seen.

Sign Language Interpreter in Boston:
Get National Interpreter Certification.

Sign Language Interpreter in St. Louis:
Pros: Working with different people, in different situations daily.
Cons: Other interpreters like to be catty and cut throat. It is difficult to trust a coworker.

Sign Language Interpreter in Tucker:
"Interpreting Does Pay; Advocacy does Not pay a livable wage."
Get out to ASL or Deaf meet ups. Do not sim-com it will make it harder for you to succeed with ASL. If you want to advocate, get part time so that you can work for a livable wage. Advocacy does not pay livable wage in Ga.

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Key Stats for Sign Language Interpreter

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

▲12%

▲6%

▲6%

National Average
$50,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Sign Language Interpreter Salaries

Spanish Language
▲32%

Interpreting
▲30%

ASL
▲5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲3%

National Average
$50,000


American Sign Language
▼2%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 48%