Graduate Assistant Salary

Pay for Graduate Assistants in the United States is very modest at just $20K per year. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than one-fifth collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Most Graduate Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$12,563 - $31,365

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$8.00 - $20.95

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,563 - $31,365  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
Total Pay (?
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$13,389 - $39,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $20.95  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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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$13,389 - $39,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Common Career Paths for Graduate Assistant


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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 most often move into positions as Assistant Professors or Postdoctoral Research Associates; those groups report median salaries that are $35K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Graduate Assistants only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 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
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National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 36%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$22,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 55%
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