There are currently an estimated 68,200 sign language interpreters in the United States. The sign language interpreter job market is expected to grow by 17.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are sign language interpreters?

CareerExplorer rates sign language interpreters with a B employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 16,400 sign language interpreters. That number is based on 12,100 additional sign language interpreters, and the retirement of 4,300 existing sign language interpreters.

What’s the supply of sign language interpreters?

The sign language interpreter industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Sign Language Interpreter job market by state

State Name Employed Sign Language Interpreters
California 8,670
Texas 4,850
Florida 3,110
New York 2,700
Arizona 2,550
Virginia 2,170
Massachusetts 1,990
Ohio 1,920
Utah 1,760
North Carolina 1,640
Minnesota 1,470
Illinois 1,440
Washington 1,410
Colorado 1,380
Oregon 1,170
Missouri 1,150
Georgia 1,050
Maryland 970
Wisconsin 950
Michigan 810
Pennsylvania 800
Indiana 740
Tennessee 690
Nebraska 680
Iowa 600
Kansas 560
New Mexico 520
New Jersey 500
South Carolina 500
Oklahoma 490
District of Columbia 460
Kentucky 450
Connecticut 340
Alabama 240
South Dakota 240
Vermont 160
Idaho 160
Mississippi 150
Maine 140
Hawaii 140
Arkansas 140
Louisiana 120
New Hampshire 120
Puerto Rico 120
Rhode Island 100
Alaska 100
West Virginia 90
North Dakota 70
Montana 60
Delaware 50