How Much Does a Medical Interpreter Make? - Parrot

How Much Does a Medical Interpreter Make

How much does a medical interpreter make?

Medical Interpreter Compensation

One of the top questions we get from people interested in medical interpreting is “how much does a medical interpreter make?” Of course, the answer depends on many factors, including location, experience, and whether the interpreter is certified.

On average, medical interpreters in the US make $45,000 a year, but in many cases they can earn much more. For example, in some cities, medical interpreters with enough experience make salaries pushing six figures. If you would like to know more about what you could make, then we would suggest researching it on a tool like

Those who wish to pursue the best medical positions should consider becoming a certified medical interpreter. To that end, the first step is getting proof of your language proficiency, and the most affordable and most convenient way to get that proof is by taking the Parrot language test.

Are certifications worth it?

As a medical interpreter, there are two benefits of being certified. Firstly, many interpreting jobs require a certification, and even when it isn’t required, it is viewed as a benefit that increases your chances of getting hired. Secondly, certified interpreters typically make more than uncertified ones, and, depending on the area you live in, the difference can be big.

In summary, the answer depends on your specific situation. So, you should consider what jobs you are applying for and how much of a factor a certification is likely to be. Ultimately, most people who become certified find it helpful as they pursue their career.

The National Medical Interpreter Certification Process

Get your Parrot rating.

It’s super fast and easy. A Parrot rating of ILR-2 or higher is a passing grade.

Do the required training.

Both certifying bodies require you to do training. Learn more on CCHI and NBCMI‘s websites.

Pass the final exam.

This is the last hurdle. Pass the tests required by either CCHI or NBCMI and you’re ready for duty!

More Questions about National Medical Interpreter Certification

Is certification required?

Not always, but in most cases, yes. In fact, jobs for uncertified interpreters are becoming more and more rare.

How do you become a certified medical interpreter?

There are three steps: dual language proficiency, interpreter training, and a skills exam. To start, CCHI and NBCMI accept a Parrot rating as proof of proficiency.

How much does certification cost?

The full cost depends on how you completethe steps. Learn more on CCHI and NBCMI’s websites. Either way, Parrot is the cheapest option to start. You can get a Parrot rating for just $34.

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