Graduate Assistant Salary

Graduate Assistants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $20K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than half, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Graduate Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Graduate Assistants (51 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,312 - $31,123
(Median)
$12K
$20K
$31K
MEDIAN: $20,092
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$7.98 - $21.07
(Median)
$8
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,312 - $31,123  
   
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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$13,086 - $39,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.98 - $21.07  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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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$13,086 - $39,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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. Career advancement for the typical Graduate Assistant often leads to becoming an Assistant Professor or a Postdoctoral Research Associate; median salaries in these positions are $36K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Graduate Assistants typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 38%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

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
14%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 54%
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