Learning another language puts you ahead of the competition, but sign language is often neglected. Because of the high demand and low supply, sign language teachers make a decent living. Typical duties of sign language teachers include converting concepts from one language to another and relaying style and tone from spoken language to sign language.
Sign Language Teacher Salaries
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Sign Language teachers earn $40,850 a year working in elementary and secondary schools, $55,970 working in colleges, universities and professional schools, and $49,600 working in junior colleges. There are 10,720 sign language teachers employed in elementary and secondary schools, 2,080 in colleges, universities, and professional schools, and 1,800 in junior colleges.
ASL Salaries by Industry
The industry the sign language teacher works in is also a factor in how much he is able to earn. For instance, sign language experts working in the computer systems design industry are able to make $104,990 a year. Those working in management, scientific and technical consulting services clear $97,020 a year. And working in the federal executive branch brings in $58,670 a year.
ASL Salaries by Region
Some states employ more sign language teachers than others, while still others pay more. States with the highest employment of sign language experts generally follow overall population numbers and include California, 6,820; Texas, 3,980; Virginia, 3,840; New York, 3,260; and North Carolina, 2,370. The states where interpreters earn the most are Virginia, $89,890; Maine, $63,890; New Jersey, $62,050; North Carolina, $61,890; and Colorado, $59,370.
The career outlook of sign-language teachers, including interpreters and translators, is expected to grow by 42 percent by 2020. This rate is much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth in employment is due to the increasing diversity of the population. The demand for American Sign Language interpreters in general is expected to grow due to the increased use of video relay services that allow people to conduct online video chats using a sign language interpreter.
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