Graduate Assistant Salary

Graduate Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $20K annually on average. Women account for the majority of Graduate Assistants who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. Most Graduate Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly two-fifths, and just under a fifth earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$13,215 - $31,057
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$20K
$31K
MEDIAN: $19,661
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$9.22 - $18.25
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MEDIAN: $13.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,215 - $31,057  
   
Total Pay (?
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$13,760 - $34,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $18.25  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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$13,760 - $34,277  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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. The most common next step for a Graduate Assistant is to become an Assistant Professor or a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The former position pays an additional $35K per year on average, and the latter position pays $19K more per year.

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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
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
80%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
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Experience Affects Graduate Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
▲27%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲26%

Microsoft Office
▲8%

National Average
$23,000

Microsoft Excel
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
80%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 58%
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