Those pursuing careers as Graduate Assistants in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $19K per year. More than two-fifths enjoy medical while around one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in ten. Most Graduate Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Graduate Assistants (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$12,862 - $31,785
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$13K
$19K
$32K
MEDIAN: $19,396
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$9.03 - $18.55
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,862 - $31,785  
   
Total Pay (?
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$13,458 - $35,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $18.55  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Total Pay (?
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$13,458 - $35,949  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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Job Description for Graduate Assistant

Graduate assistants provide support for research projects, often in university settings, and are usually given financial support through a stipend or tuition reimbursement. Graduate assistant positions usually fall under the categories of teaching assistants or research assistants, as they often help university faculty members prepare course materials, post grades, and conduct research.

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While not commonly seen, Graduate Assistants who transition into a Computer and Information Research Scientist position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Computer and Information Research Scientists is $95K per year. 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 $36K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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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 30%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 34%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

National Average
$22,000

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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