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Graduate Assistant Salary

Graduate Assistants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $20K annually. Women Graduate Assistants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and one in six earn dental coverage. Most Graduate Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$11,921 - $30,554
(Median)
$12K
$20K
$31K
MEDIAN: $19,863
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90%

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$8.00 - $21.99
(Median)
$8
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$11,921 - $30,554  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$12,782 - $40,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $21.99  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$12,782 - $40,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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Common Career Paths for Graduate Assistant


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Graduate Assistants do not often transition into Computer and Information Research Scientist roles. The role averages $95K per year. Career advancement for the typical Graduate Assistant often leads to becoming an Assistant Professor or a Postdoctoral Research Associate; median salaries in these positions are $36K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Graduate Assistants typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

Graduate Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Graduate Assistant?

Graduate Assistant in University Park:
"Great experience, great networking, and great boss."
Pros: I have the opportunity to meet different educators. I work for a great boss who is very supportive and concerned with my education.
Cons: Distance from home, cost of gasoline, and pay is not meet cost of living.

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Experience Affects Graduate Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 39%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 55%
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