Graduate Assistants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $20K annually. Just over two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in six collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Graduate Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Graduate Assistants who took the survey — 82 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,148 - $29,833
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$9.16 - $18.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$13,148 - $29,833  
   
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$13,692 - $34,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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$9.16 - $18.31  
   
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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$13,692 - $34,685  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Graduate Assistants sometimes become Computer and Information Research Scientists, where the average income is $95K per year. Typical career progression for a Graduate Assistant involves becoming an Assistant Professor or a Postdoctoral Research Associate, roles that pay $36K more and $20K more on average.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Graduate Assistant

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
80%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
3%
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Experience Affects Graduate Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 31%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 32%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

National Average
$22,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
80%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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