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Sign Language Interpreter Rates

Base Rate

Payment for the first hour of all appointments will be calculated at 1.5 times the hourly rate bid for by the contractor. Additional hours of interpreting service will be calculated at the regular hourly rate. (For example, if a contractor bids $50 per hour, payment for the first hour will be $75 and payment for any subsequent hours will be at $50 per hour.) All purchasers will be required to pay the base rate for all appointments, including those lasting less than one hour.

Hourly Rates

The one-hour minimum is the hourly rate per interpreter all purchasers will be required to pay the contractor including appointments lasting less than one hour. Contractors will pay all interpreters the entire hourly rate (and base rate) for which they bid. Contractors shall not deduct any portion of the contractor service fee from the interpreters’ hourly rate. The following are the established hourly rates by different contractors:

Tier 1:
Certification Status: NIC Master, NIC Advanced, SC:L, MCSC, NAD Level V

Tier 2:
Certification Status:  NIC Certified, CSC, CI and CT, RSC, CDI, CLIP-R, NAD Level IV

Tier 3:
Certification Status: CI, CT, IC, TC, IC/TC, OIC:C, OTC, NAD Level III

Rates are listed per hour.

Interpreter Referral Agencies
  Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Non-Certified
Agency Hourly
Rate
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Base
Rate
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Base
Rate
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Base
Rate
Deaf
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All Hands $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
ASL Professionals $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
ASL Interpreter Network $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
Away With Words $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
Columbia Language Service $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
Evergreen Interpreting $51 $55 $49 $55 $40 $41 $25 $28
HandDancer Interpreter Services $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
Hearing Loss Center $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
Sign On $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
South Eastern WA Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
Sign For Life $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
Strada Communication $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28
Universal Language Service $55 $58 $50 $53 $40 $43 $25 $28

 

Freelance Interpreters
  Tier 1 Tier 2
Interpreter Base
Rate
Deaf
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Base
Rate
Deaf
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Roma Agny     $50 $53
Roxie Andrews     $50 $53
Alyson Boote     $50  
Katherine Bunze     $50 $53
Melissa Klindtworth $50 $53    
Michael Kosanovich     $50 $53
Polly MacLean     $50  
Sarah Rasmussen     $50 $53
Angela Riggs     $50
Verna Siegel     $50  

Contractor Service Fee

A fee (of no more than $30) paid directly to the contractor for services provided. This fee will be paid for each billable appointment, per requested interpreter in accordance with the contracts. The contractor service fee covers administrative requirements of this contract (scheduling, billing, reporting, etc.).

Emergency Rate

For emergency appointments, a $5 additional charge per hour will be added to the interpreter’s hourly rate. An emergency appointment is defined as a legal, medical (non-Medicaid), Child Protective Services, or Adult Protective Service appointment that may be scheduled with four hours or less notice to the contractor. Emergency appointments may happen at any time during the day, night, or weekend.

Mileage

DSHS does not pay for travel time. The mileage rate will be reimbursed in accordance with the prevailing rate under the Office of Financial Management (OFM) Policy & Guidelines. Mileage will be reimbursed on a “from address of origin” (address where the interpreter came from) to “address of appointment” basis. Mileage from the “address of appointment” to “address of destination” (address where the interpreter will go after the appointment) will be paid if the interpreter is traveling from the appointment to the interpreter’s home or place of business. If the interpreter is traveling to subsequent appointments, the mileage to those appointments and the return trip to the interpreter’s home or place of business must be paid by the subsequent requesters.