National Survey Shows Compensation of Professional Medical Interpreters

02 Oct, 2007, 01:00 ET from International Medical Interpreters Association

    BOSTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Results of a new survey offer insight
 into the steadily growing profession of medical interpreting. More than 400
 interpreters and managers from 42 states participated in the International
 Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) 2007 annual compensation survey.
     Twenty-five percent of respondents work as interpreting service
 administrators, while 40% work as staff medical interpreters, mostly
 full-time; another 29% serve as freelance medical interpreters. Consistent
 with 2006 findings, nationally, the median salary for staff medical
 interpreters falls between $15 and $20 per hour. The median for freelance
 interpreters lies between $20 and $25 per hour.
     Interpreter service administrators were first surveyed in 2007. Their
 median pay rate is between $20 and $25 per hour. Forty-six percent of
 administrators are employed as coordinators, while 43% carry the title of
 manager (23%) or director (20%). In general, pay rates for interpreting
 service administrators are stratified: coordinators earn rates similar to
 interpreters, but managers and directors earn significantly more, often in
 the $30-50 per hour range.
     "The compensation rates may reflect an oversimplification or
 misunderstanding of the essential role of medical interpreters in ensuring
 equal access to health care in diverse populations," explained Izabel
 Arocha, IMIA president. "Often, people are not able to appreciate the
 difference between a bilingual who repeats what another person said
 literally with errors and omissions, from a professional medical
 interpreter who has consecutive, simultaneous, and sight translation
 skills, and acts as a cultural mediator or patient advocate, which requires
 higher-level skills. As awareness increases, demand for qualified medical
 interpreters continues to grow."
     Survey respondents are 81% female, consistent with 2006 findings. "We
 need more talented interpreters - both men and women - to join this
 emerging profession," said Arocha. "We encourage all of those who are
 concerned with language access and cultural competence to continue
 supporting the important work of interpreters in emergency rooms, clinics
 and virtually every place where health care services are delivered."
     IMIA contracted Culturesmart, Inc., of Quincy, MA, to conduct its 2006
 and 2007 surveys. Greg Figaro, Culturesmart president, says, "This year we
 sought to include a wider range of interpreting professionals from across
 the country. Preliminary results show that a majority of respondents are
 concentrated in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, and New York."
     Full survey results will be shared at IMIA's International Conference
 on Medical Interpreting on October 5-7, 2007, at the Sheraton Hotel Boston,
 Prudential Center. The conference theme is "Pioneering Healthy Alliances."
 Please visit http://www.imiaweb.org for information.
     IMIA
     The International Medical Interpreters Association (formerly MMIA) is a
 non-profit organization committed to equal access to quality health care
 for all people and to the advancement of professional medical interpreters.
 Founded in 1986, IMIA is the oldest and largest medical interpreter
 association in the country.
     Culturesmart, Inc.
     Culturesmart is a privately held organization that has been
 specializing in medical interpreter training and related services since
 1994. Culturesmart offers consulting services and customized training for
 improving communications between providers and their culturally and
 linguistically diverse patients.
     Contact:
     Izabel Arocha, 781-801-6898
     Fax: 617-591-6949
     Email: iarocha@challiance.org
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SOURCE International Medical Interpreters Association
    BOSTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Results of a new survey offer insight
 into the steadily growing profession of medical interpreting. More than 400
 interpreters and managers from 42 states participated in the International
 Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) 2007 annual compensation survey.
     Twenty-five percent of respondents work as interpreting service
 administrators, while 40% work as staff medical interpreters, mostly
 full-time; another 29% serve as freelance medical interpreters. Consistent
 with 2006 findings, nationally, the median salary for staff medical
 interpreters falls between $15 and $20 per hour. The median for freelance
 interpreters lies between $20 and $25 per hour.
     Interpreter service administrators were first surveyed in 2007. Their
 median pay rate is between $20 and $25 per hour. Forty-six percent of
 administrators are employed as coordinators, while 43% carry the title of
 manager (23%) or director (20%). In general, pay rates for interpreting
 service administrators are stratified: coordinators earn rates similar to
 interpreters, but managers and directors earn significantly more, often in
 the $30-50 per hour range.
     "The compensation rates may reflect an oversimplification or
 misunderstanding of the essential role of medical interpreters in ensuring
 equal access to health care in diverse populations," explained Izabel
 Arocha, IMIA president. "Often, people are not able to appreciate the
 difference between a bilingual who repeats what another person said
 literally with errors and omissions, from a professional medical
 interpreter who has consecutive, simultaneous, and sight translation
 skills, and acts as a cultural mediator or patient advocate, which requires
 higher-level skills. As awareness increases, demand for qualified medical
 interpreters continues to grow."
     Survey respondents are 81% female, consistent with 2006 findings. "We
 need more talented interpreters - both men and women - to join this
 emerging profession," said Arocha. "We encourage all of those who are
 concerned with language access and cultural competence to continue
 supporting the important work of interpreters in emergency rooms, clinics
 and virtually every place where health care services are delivered."
     IMIA contracted Culturesmart, Inc., of Quincy, MA, to conduct its 2006
 and 2007 surveys. Greg Figaro, Culturesmart president, says, "This year we
 sought to include a wider range of interpreting professionals from across
 the country. Preliminary results show that a majority of respondents are
 concentrated in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, and New York."
     Full survey results will be shared at IMIA's International Conference
 on Medical Interpreting on October 5-7, 2007, at the Sheraton Hotel Boston,
 Prudential Center. The conference theme is "Pioneering Healthy Alliances."
 Please visit http://www.imiaweb.org for information.
     IMIA
     The International Medical Interpreters Association (formerly MMIA) is a
 non-profit organization committed to equal access to quality health care
 for all people and to the advancement of professional medical interpreters.
 Founded in 1986, IMIA is the oldest and largest medical interpreter
 association in the country.
     Culturesmart, Inc.
     Culturesmart is a privately held organization that has been
 specializing in medical interpreter training and related services since
 1994. Culturesmart offers consulting services and customized training for
 improving communications between providers and their culturally and
 linguistically diverse patients.
     Contact:
     Izabel Arocha, 781-801-6898
     Fax: 617-591-6949
     Email: iarocha@challiance.org
     This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information,
 visit http://www.ereleases.com.
 
 SOURCE International Medical Interpreters Association