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Graduate Assistant Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Graduate Assistants in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $20K annually. Male Graduate Assistants are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Women make up a slight majority of Graduate Assistants (50 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while nearly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in eight. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$11,892 - $30,745
(Median)
$12K
$20K
$31K
MEDIAN: $19,845
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90%

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$8.04 - $21.76
(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
$11,892 - $30,745  
   
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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$12,807 - $40,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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
$8.04 - $21.76  
   
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.
)
$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).
)
$12,807 - $40,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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Common Career Paths for Graduate Assistant


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Though some Graduate Assistants move into positions like Computer and Information Research Scientist (where the average salary is $95K), this progression is not the norm. Graduate Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Assistant Professors or Postdoctoral Research Associates. The median paychecks in those roles are $35K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Graduate Assistants typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent and 7 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 2%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 37%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 56%