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British Sign Language interpreter Average UK Salary & Prospects

British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters help deaf and hearing people communicate with one another.

  • Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.  
  • Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.  
  • Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using
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British Sign Language interpreters typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a British Sign Language interpreter you will typically work evenings / weekends.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
27,532 GBP *
per year
20,000 GBP
35,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for British Sign Language interpreter

Men make 15% more than Women
  • 30,538 GBP
  • 26,082 GBP
Average salary for part-time British Sign Language interpreter
Average salary for full-time British Sign Language interpreter

  • 13,039 GBP
  • 13,287 GBP
  • 11,501 GBP
  • 27,532 GBP
  • 26,082 GBP
  • 30,538 GBP
Pay over time for British Sign Language interpreter

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 27,780 GBP

Future outlook for British Sign Language interpreters

Balanced outlook
Balanced outlook
1% yearly wage growth (on average)

British Sign Language interpreter - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a British Sign Language interpreter and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 52% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 26% of people in this role have a Master's degree
  • 11% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

You'll need:

  • good language skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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Things to highlight for your British Sign Language interpreter interview

Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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