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. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $13K and $37K per year. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a seventh collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graduate Assistants. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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 not the most common occurrence, Graduate Assistants sometimes become Computer and Information Research Scientists, where the average income is $95K per year. A common career progression for a Graduate Assistant is to become an Assistant Professor or a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Compared to Graduate Assistants, the first group earns $36K more on average, and the second group earns $20K more.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Graduate Assistants who took the survey. 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.

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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
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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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