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Deaf Interpreter Demographics in the US

Deaf Interpreter Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among deaf interpreters is White, which makes up 61.0% of all deaf interpreters. Comparatively, there are 18.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.2% of the Asian ethnicity.

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  • White, 61.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 18.9%
  • Asian, 12.2%
  • Black or African American, 5.6%
  • Unknown, 1.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Deaf Interpreters

The chart below shows that 58.3% of deaf interpreters speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 16.7% and Russian is the third-most popular at 8.3%.

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  • Spanish, 58.3%
  • French, 16.7%
  • Russian, 8.3%
  • Braille, 8.3%
  • Japanese, 8.3%

Types of Deaf Interpreter Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for deaf interpreters. The most common degree for deaf interpreters is associate degree. In fact, 33% of deaf interpreters earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 31% and rounding it off is master's degree with 9%.

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  • Associate degree, 33%
  • Bachelors degree, 31%
  • Masters degree, 9%
  • High School Diploma degree, 8%
  • Other Degrees, 19%

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Deaf Interpreter Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ deaf interpreters. We found that the most common company type is education. In addition, the industry that employs the most deaf interpreters is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire deaf interpreters.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Deaf Interpreter Work In

Employees with the deaf interpreter job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most deaf interpreters prefer to work at education companies over private companies.

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Education

Government

Private

Public

Top Industries Hiring Deaf Interpreters

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ deaf interpreters. Those industries include education, non profits and professional.

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Education

Non Profits

Professional

Hospitality

Utilities

Deaf Interpreter Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as deaf interpreters. Keep reading to find out what the results for deaf interpreters were.

Deaf Interpreter Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among deaf interpreters.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Deaf Interpreter Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the deaf interpreter position over time.

Male
Female
38%
35%
32%
28%
25%
22%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Deaf Interpreter Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of deaf interpreters changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Deaf Interpreter Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of deaf interpreters based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Deaf Interpreter Stay in a Job

By looking over 361 deaf interpreters resumes, we figured out that the average deaf interpreter enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 29%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Deaf Interpreter Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of deaf interpreter employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of deaf interpreters is 40+ years old, which represents 60% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Deaf Interpreter Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, track announcer and public address announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Deaf Interpreters with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to deaf interpreters.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Global Technical Writer15.82%
Stringer19.36%
Author/Writer22.69%
Sports Commentator25.03%
Features Editor28.26%
Publicity Chairperson30.27%
Deaf Interpreter33.87%

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Deaf Interpreter Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$51,900
female-income
Female Income
$48,460

Deaf Interpreter Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$57,405
$55,181
$52,958
$50,735
$48,512
$46,288
$44,065
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Deaf Interpreter Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$42,203
Some College/ Associate Degree$49,152
Bachelor's Degree$51,524
Doctorate Degree$55,643
Master's Degree$56,531

Deaf Interpreter Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$61,185
$56,531
$51,877
$47,223
$42,569
$37,915
$33,261
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Where Do Deaf Interpreters Earn The Most?

The map here shows where deaf interpreters earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

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Where Are Deaf Interpreters Located?

By looking through more than 361 resumes, we found that the most popular places for deaf interpreters are NY, Malone and GA, McDonough.

Number of Deaf Interpreters