Definition of Independent Contractor (IC)

ONE INTERPRETING defines an Independent Contractor as an interpreter who operates as their own entity, occasionally providing interpreting services on a contractual basis, often for multiple agencies.

An IC provides for his/her own liability, disability, health insurance coverage, etc. All applicable federal and state taxes are the sole responsibility of the IC. As an IC, an interpreter may deduct legitimate business expenses such as mileage, parking costs, professional dues, certification fees, professional liability insurance premiums, etc. ALL INTERPRETERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HOLDING AND MAINTAINING STATE LICENSURES IN THE STATE WHERE THEY ARE RENDERING INTERPRETING SERVICES. WHEN AN INTERPRETER REGISTERS TO WORK WITH ONE INTERPRETING, AN INTERPRETER AGREES THAT IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INTERPRETER TO HOLD AND MAINTAIN ALL STATE LICENSURES WHERE THE INTERPRETER IS RENDERING INTERPRETING SERVICES.

ONE INTERPRETING does not deduct any taxes from IC checks and corporations will not be sent IRS 1099 forms at the end of a calendar year. IC’s may not apply for workers’ compensation insurance or unemployment benefits on behalf of ONE INTERPRETING.

IC’s can work when and for whom they choose and generally provide services for two or more businesses at the same time. An IC is paid by the referral. Once a referral is accepted, he/she is obligated to complete the referral or is legally obligated to provide compensation for failure to complete it, unless the ONE Interpreting office is notified in advance of the inability to appear and perform the work.


Operations

At ONE INTERPRETING, we stay connected with our interpreters through communicating via mobile e-mail. When we receive an available referral, we send it out as a mass e-mail to our interpreters’ mobile e-mail addresses. We offer referrals on a first come, first serve basis. The first interpreters to respond to an e-mail detailing an available referral will typically be offered the referral first. However, we reserve the right to offer referrals to interpreters based on skill level, client request, location, etc. In order to receive e-mails containing available referrals from ONE INTERPRETING, please be sure your mobile e-mail service accepts e-mails from request@oneinterpreting.com and interpreters@oneinterpreting.com


Invoicing

It is necessary for IC’s to submit invoices to ONE INTERPRETING in order to be paid. We will have all your referrals logged into our database. When you accept your first referral with ONE INTERPRETING, you will be asked to create a Gmail account (if you already have a Gmail account, we can use that one if you prefer). We will then share your referrals with your Google calendar. This calendar will include all your referrals and the details for each referral. It will also include information about each payment you will receive from us. It is your responsibility to check this calendar for any referral and payment details, and serves as your invoice to us. Your calendar with referral and payment information will be accessible through any web browser and mobile device, allowing you easy access from any computer or mobile phone.

 

 

 

ON-SITE COMMUNITY INTERPRETING


Payment

ONE INTERPRETING pays IC interpreters through Direct Pay or via mailed check. In order to be paid through Direct Pay, you will need to fill out the Direct Pay Authorization information at the bottom of the registration page. Your payments will then be automatically deposited into your banking account. If you prefer to have checks mailed to your physical address, please indicate that in in your selection in the "Payment Authorization" section of the registration page.

IC interpreters are paid by the referral. For community referrals, the average hourly rate is based on the city and region an interpreter is working in, however this rate is negotiable. The amount of hours per referral is based on the number of hours a given referral requires. However, the customer pays a TWO hour minimum for every referral, regardless of the length of the referral. Our customers' standing policies are that there is no pay for travel. An interpreter should not assume a referral will pay for travel unless otherwise noted in the email sent out with the referral details. Occasionally a customer will reimburse for travel or mileage. However, if this is the case, it will be included in the e-mail sent out with the referral details. Customers do not pay additional for after-hours or weekends.

All overtime or any information affecting billing must be reported to ONE INTERPRETING within 24 hours of the referral via e-mail sent to interpreters@oneinterpreting.com.

All referrals are paid to the interpreter to the nearest quarter hour. If you are late to a referral or leave early without being released by the hiring party, you will be paid accordingly and the two hour minimum will not apply. (Ex; for a 3-5pm referral you arrive at 3:15, you would be paid for 1¾ hour).

ONE INTERPRETING makes payments to IC’s on the 15th and last day of every month, thirty days after a referral has been completed. In the event one of these days falls on a weekend or holiday, paychecks will be mailed on the closest business day (before or after) to the holiday or weekend.


Hourly Rate

As a professional Independent Contractor, ONE INTERPRETING has listed the average hourly rates IC's charge us based on an IC’s region, certification, experience, and degrees for your benefit. Currently, ONE INTERPRETING only uses nationally certified interpreters. A professional interpreter is expected to be knowledgeable about appropriate fees for his/her service based on certification, skill level, educational achievement, and market rates for the local area.

In the event that an IC interpreter finds himself or herself performing work for a referral that typically requires two interpreters, the ONE INTERPRETING office may give the IC interpreter the option to bill at time-and-a-half for interpreting the full length of the referral alone. This must be reported to ONE Interpreting office immediately either by phone or e-mail (interpreters@oneinterpreting.com). Depending on the situation, the office may ask if the IC feels comfortable doing the referral alone. It will then be the IC's choice whether or not to continue to interpret the entire length of the referral alone for time-and-a-half pay.


Below you will find the average rates IC's charge us for on-site community interpreting referrals:


ONE COMMUNITY INTERPRETING PAY SCALE

Base Pay ( 1 Certification Required)
$ base pay/hour (SEE TABLE BELOW)
Additional Certification Increase
$1/Certification
Additonal Degree Increase
$1/Degree
Additional Experience Increase
$1/10+ years of being certified
Additional Late Notice Rate (less than 24 hours advanced notice)
$10/Hour


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* Accepted Certifications: RID CI, RID CT, RID SC:L, NAD IV, NAD V, NIC, NIC Advanced, NIC Master, OTC, CDI
* Accepted Degrees:
Bachelors, Masters, PhD
* Accepted Experience:
If your accepted certification was received over 10 years ago

 

SEE THE TABLE BELOW TO FIND YOUR AREA'S AVERAGE BASE PAY

STATE

METRO AREA
HOURLY RATE
AL
ALL AREAS
$40
AK
ALL AREAS
$38
AZ
ALL AREAS
$46
AR
ALL AREAS
$40
CA
FRESNO/ STOCKTON/ MODESTO
$43
CA
INLAND EMPIRE
$50
CA
LOS ANGELES
$60
CA
SACRAMENTO
$50
CA
SAN DIEGO
$55
CA
SAN FRANCISCO BAY METRO AREA
$69
CO
ALL AREAS
$50
CT
ALL AREAS
$67
DE
ALL AREAS
$50
DC
DC METRO AREA
$65
FL
GAINESVILLE/ OCALA
$40
FL
JACKSONVILLE
$40
FL
MIAMI
$50
FL
ORLANDO
$45
FL
TALLAHASSEE
$42
FL
TAMPA BAY
$45
GA
ALL AREAS
$50
HI
ALL AREAS
$50
ID
ALL AREAS
$40
IL
ALL AREAS
$45
IN
ALL AREAS
$45
IA
ALL AREAS
$40
KS
ALL AREAS
$45
KY
ALL AREAS
$43
LA
ALL AREAS
$43
ME
ALL AREAS
$40
MD
BALTIMORE METRO AREA
$50
MD
FREDERICK
$50
MA
ALL AREAS
$50
MI
ALL AREAS
$44
MN
ALL AREAS
$50
MS
ALL AREAS
$40
MO
ALL AREAS
$45
MT
ALL AREAS
$40
NE
ALL AREAS
$43
NV
LAS VEGAS
$45
NV
RENO/ LAKE TAHOE
$45
NH
ALL AREAS
$40
NJ
NYC METRO
$67
NJ
OUTSIDE NYC METRO AREA
$50
NM
ALL AREAS
$40
NY
ALBANY
$45
NY
HUDSON RIVER VALLEY
$65
NY
NYC
$67
NY
ROCHESTER/ BUFFALO
$47
NC
ALL AREAS
$50
ND
ALL AREAS
$40
OH
ALL AREAS
$43
OK
ALL AREAS
$43
OR
ALL AREAS
$48
PA
PITTSBURGH
$46
PA
PHILADELPHIA METRO
$50
PA
PITTSBURGH
$46
PA
OUTSIDE PITTSBURGH & PHILADELPHIA METRO AREAS
$43
PR
SAN JUAN
$40
RI
ALL AREAS
$45
SC
ALL AREAS
$40
SD
ALL AREAS
$40
TN
ALL AREAS
$40
TX
AUSTIN
$43
TX
DALLAS
$45
TX
EL PASO
$40
TX
HOUSTON
$40
TX
SAN ANTONIO
$40
UT
ALL AREAS
$40
VT
ALL AREAS
$40
VA
ALL AREAS OUTSIDE DC METRO
$42
WA
SEATTLE
$50
WA
SPOKANE
$45
WV
ALL AREAS
$40
WI
ALL AREAS
$45
WY
ALL AREAS
$40



ONE INTERPRETING'S average base pay depends on what region and metropolitan area you work in. This information is listed in the table above. IC's typical charge us $1/hour increase for additional certifications, degrees, and having 10+ years of being certified. We view NIC certifications as a tiered series. For example, NIC Advanced is typically treated as obtaining 2 certifications- NIC and NIC Advanced, and thus IC's charge a $2 increase. NIC Master is treated as obtaining 3 certifications- NIC, NIC Advanced, and NIC Master and would charge a $3 increase.

An additional $10 per hour is typically paid for emergency referrals when less than 24 hours notice is given. You will be told if it is an emergency referral at the time you are called. At the completion of an emergency referral, please e-mail interpreters@oneinterpreting.com with the start and end time of the referral.

 

Cancellations

If a referral cancels, the interpreter will be compensated if they are given less than a 48 business hour notice. Since an IC is verbally contracted by the referral, he/she will be compensated for all replacement referrals he/she accepts.

If an IC accepts a referral, then later cancels and is unable to appear to interpret for the referral they already accepted, the IC is responsible for finding an interpreter that holds one of our accepted certifications to replace them.


No Shows

When waiting for a deaf or hard-of-hearing client to arrive, our customers require an IC interpreter to wait 15 minutes per 1 hour of the assigned time. The contact person may release the interpreter at their discretion. The interpreter must e-mail interpreters@oneinterpreting.com upon leaving the referral if payment in full is expected.


Extended referrals

When an referral runs over the scheduled time period, an interpreter may choose to stay or leave. If the decision is to stay, it is important to call ONE Interpreting within 24 hours to report any overtime so that we can bill the customer correctly. Failure to do this may result in a rejection of overtime charges.


Failure to Appear & Late Arrivals

Interpreters are responsible for getting to all referrals on time. We strongly urge interpreters to call the contact person in advance for directions and/or map the location before hand so as to plan the best way to get there on time. It is understandable that illnesses, emergencies and mishaps occur. When this is the case, please notify ONE INTERPRETING immediately by e-mailing interpreters@oneinterpreting.com. If you cannot fulfill a referral you have already committed to do, it is YOUR responsibility to find a replacement interpreter. The replacement interpreter must hold one our accepted certifications. Please inform us when you have secured a replacement for your referral.

Our customers expect IC's to arrive fifteen minutes before all referrals. Some interpreters habitually arrive after a scheduled start time. At the least this is unprofessional and at the most, highly disruptive to all parties involved. When ONE INTERPRETING is notified that an interpreter arrived disruptively late, ONE INTERPRETING will inform the interpreter of the complaint and assess a $25 late fee to the interpreter.

If an interpreter fails to appear for a referral, he/she will be expected to pay back the hourly rate for the duration of the missed referral. An interpreter may provide complimentary interpreting services for a similar referral to repay the amount lost and to restore good faith between ONE INTERPRETING and the interpreter.


Professional & Ethical Conduct

Interpreters are expected to adhere strictly to the RID Code of Professional Conduct and appropriate industry standard behavior. ONE INTERPRETING strictly enforces adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct. It is an interpreter’s responsibility to read, become familiar with, and follow the Code of Professional Conduct and industry standard behavior. ONE INTERPRETING will not refer work to interpreters that breach any tenet of the RID Code of Professional Conduct.

Soliciting

Independent Contractors may not solicit work independently from a ONE customer within one year of last contact with that customer and with ONE INTERPRETING. Violators of this ethical trust will face litigation. Interpreters are not limited to working exclusively for ONE INTERPRETING, but requests for interpreting services from ONE hearing or deaf customers must be directed to us and channeled through our normal scheduling procedure.

Interpreters acknowledge that ONE INTERPRETING’s list of customers, procedures for doing business, financial affairs, etc. are valuable and unique assets of this business. An interpreter agrees that he/she will not, either during or after termination of service with ONE INTERPRETING, disclose any such information, or other confidential information, gained by virtue of association with ONE INTERPRETING, to any person, firm or other entity for any reason whatsoever without the permission of ONE INTERPRETING.


Teamed referrals

During a teamed referral the “support” interpreter is expected to remain in the room and fully attentive to the entire interpreting task, as is the professional industry standard.

Arriving 15 minutes ahead of an referral allows time for meeting with the deaf and hearing clients, as well as becoming acquainted with your team interpreter to plan the work strategy such as feeding preferences, alternating preference, room & seating arrangements, etc.


Dress & Grooming

ONE INTERPRETING expects interpreters to dress appropriately and professionally. As a general rule, an interpreter’s attire should be comparable to that of the moderator of the event being interpreted. Jeans, T-shirts, shorts and other casual clothes are rarely appropriate. If an referral is in a casual setting, the interpreter will be informed at the time he/she accepts the referral.

 

 

VIDEO REMOTE INTERPRETING (VRI)

Hardware & Software

Orientation will be available if necessary to coordinate the functions with the various hardware and sofware systems.

 

Payment

ONE INTERPRETING pays IC interpreters through Direct Pay. In order to be paid, you will need to fill out the Direct Pay Authorization information at the bottom of the registration page. Your payments will then be automatically deposited into your banking account. If you prefer to have checks mailed to your physical address, please indicate that in in your selection in the "Payment Authorization" section of the registration page.

IC interpreters are paid by the referral. For VRI referrals, the average hourly rate is $20/half hour. Every referral will pay a minimum of a half an hour. There is no two hour minimum for VRI interpreting.

All overtime, time-and-a-half, or any information affecting billing must be reported to ONE INTERPRETING within 24 hours of the referral via e-mail sent to interpreters@oneinterpreting.com.

If you login late to a referral or leave early without being released by the hiring party, you will be paid accordingly.

ONE INTERPRETING makes payments to IC’s on the 15th and last day of every month, thirty days after a referral has been completed. In the event one of these days falls on a weekend or holiday, paychecks will be mailed on the closest business day (before or after) to the holiday or weekend.


Hourly Rate

Currently, the average rate ONE INTERPRETING is charged by IC's is $20/half hour for VRI referrals. We only use nationally certified interpreters.

In the event that an IC interpreter finds himself or herself performing work for a referral that typically requires two interpreters, the ONE INTERPRETING office may give the IC interpreter the option to bill at time-and-a-half for interpreting the full length of the referral alone. This must be reported to ONE Interpreting office immediately either by phone or e-mail (interpreters@oneinterpreting.com). Depending on the situation, the office may ask if the IC feels comfortable doing the referral alone. It will then be the IC's choice whether or not to continue to interpret the entire length of the referral alone for time-and-a-half pay.


Below you will find average rates IC's charge us:


ONE VRI PAY SCALE

Base Pay ( 1 Certification Required)
$20/half hour
Additional Certification Increase per half hour
$.25/Certification
Additonal Degree Increase per half hour
$.25/Degree
Additional Certified Experience Increase per half hour
$.25/10+ years of being certified




* Accepted Certifications: RID CI, RID CT, RID SC:L, NAD IV, NAD V, NIC, NIC Advanced, NIC Master, OTC, CDI
* Accepted Degrees:
Bachelors, Masters, PhD
* Accepted Experience:
If your accepted certification was received over 10 years ago


ONE INTERPRETING'S VRI average base pay is $20/half hour. We offer a $.25/half hour increase for additional certifications, degrees, and having 10+ years of being certified. We view NIC certifications as a tiered series. For example, NIC Advanced is typically viewed as obtaining 2 certifications- NIC and NIC Advanced, and thus we would be billed a $.50 increase per half hour. NIC Master is typically treated as obtaining 3 certifications- NIC, NIC Advanced, and NIC Master and IC's typically bill us a $.75 increase per half hour.

 

Cancellations

If a referral cancels, the interpreter will be compensated if they are given less than a 24 business hour notice. Since an IC is verbally contracted by the referral, he/she will be compensated for all replacement referrals he/she accepts.

If an IC accepts a referral, then later cancels and is unable to appear to interpret for the referral they already accepted, the IC is responsible for finding an interpreter that holds one of our accepted certifications to replace them.


No Shows

When waiting for a customer to login, our customers require an IC interpreter to wait for the entire duration of the scheduled referral before logging off. The interpreter must e-mail interpreters@oneinterpreting.com and send a chat message to customer support after 15 minutes if nobody has connected. If nobody connected the entire session, email interpreters@oneinterpreting.com and let us know of the no show.


Extended referrals

When an referral runs over the scheduled time period, an interpreter may choose to stay or leave. If the decision is to stay, please inform ONE Interpreting within 24 hours to report any overtime so that we can bill the customer correctly. Failure to do this may result in a rejection of overtime charges.


Failure to Appear & Late Arrivals

Interpreters are responsible for logging to all referrals on time. If you are not logged in after 15 minutes when a referral is scheduled to start, your pay will be reduced, regardless of technical issues that may have arisen. It is understandable that illnesses, emergencies and mishaps occur. When this is the case, please notify ONE INTERPRETING immediately by e-mailing interpreters@oneinterpreting.com so we can attempt to locate a replacement for you. Please inform us if you have secured a replacement for your referral.

Interpreters are expected to login fifteen minutes before all referrals. When ONE INTERPRETING is notified that an interpreter arrived disruptively late, ONE INTERPRETING will remove the interpreter from the VRI database and will not be eligible to receive any future VRI referrals.

If an interpreter fails to appear for a referral, he/she will be expected to provide complimentary interpreting services for a similar referral to restore good faith between ONE INTERPRETING and the interpreter.


Professional & Ethical Conduct

Interpreters are expected to adhere strictly to the RID Code of Professional Conduct. ONE INTERPRETING strictly enforces adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct. It is an interpreter’s responsibility to read, become familiar with, and follow the Code of Professional Conduct. ONE INTERPRETING will not use interpreters that breach any tenet of the RID Code of Professional Conduct.

Soliciting & Contacting Customers

Independent Contractors may not make contact with or solicit work independently from a ONE INTERPRETING customer ever. Violators of this ethical trust will face litigation. Interpreters are not limited to working exclusively for ONE INTERPRETING, but requests for interpreting services from ONE hearing or deaf customers must be directed to us and channeled through our normal scheduling procedure.

Interpreters acknowledge that ONE INTERPRETING follows the uniform trade secret act. An interpreter agrees that he/she will not, either during or after termination of service with ONE INTERPRETING, disclose any such information, or other confidential information, gained by virtue of association with ONE INTERPRETING, to any person, firm or other entity for any reason whatsoever without the permission of ONE INTERPRETING.

 

Dress & Grooming

ONE INTERPRETING expects interpreters to dress appropriately at all times when working for ONE INTERPRETING. As a general rule, an interpreter’s attire should be comparable to that of the moderator of the event being interpreted. Most of the time, an interpreter is only visible from the waist up. Thus, it is important to dress appropriately from the waist up. However jeans, shorts and other casual attire below the waist may be worn. If a referral is in a casual setting, the interpreter will be informed at the time he/she accepts the referral.

Thank you!

ONE INTERPRETING values our interpreters to the highest degree. Without you, the interpreter, our business would not exist. Thank you for choosing to work for ONE INTERPRETING and welcome to our team! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any issues, concerns, or questions at interpreters@oneinterpreting.com