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 $19K per year. Pay ranges from $13K on the low end to $37K per year on the high end. For the most part, Graduate Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to more than two-fifths, and about a seventh earn dental coverage. Women Graduate Assistants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$11,893 - $29,985
(Median)
$12K
$19K
$30K
MEDIAN: $19,352
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$8.10 - $20.85
(Median)
$8
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$11,893 - $29,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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$13,173 - $36,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.10 - $20.85  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,866  
   
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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$13,173 - $36,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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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Common Career Paths for Graduate Assistant


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Though it's uncommon, some Graduate Assistants move into roles as Computer and Information Research Scientists, where pay is an average $95K per year. Assistant Professors or Postdoctoral Research Associates are common next-step roles for Graduate Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Assistant Professors is $36K higher on average, and it's $20K higher for Postdoctoral Research Associates.

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Graduate Assistants report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 8 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
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National Average
$21,000

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Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
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National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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