Graduate Assistant Salary

Graduate Assistants aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $20K annually. The majority of Graduate Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Graduate Assistants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than half, and a little less than a fifth earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$12,312 - $31,123
(Median)
$12K
$20K
$31K
MEDIAN: $20,092
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$7.96 - $21.17
(Median)
$8
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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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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$13,058 - $39,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $21.17  
   
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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$13,058 - $39,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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While Graduate Assistants do not often become Computer and Information Research Scientists, the job pays $95K per year on average. 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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Job skills reported by Graduate Assistants are limited. 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
up arrow 3%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

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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