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Graduate Assistant Salary (United States)

It's impossible to make it big as a Graduate Assistants in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $20K per year. Close to one-half enjoy medical while around a sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to an eighth. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Graduate Assistants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Graduate Assistant Salary (?
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$11,643 - $31,132
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MEDIAN: $19,586
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Graduate Assistant Salary (?
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$7.81 - $21.87
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$11,643 - $31,132  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,574  
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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$12,261 - $40,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.81 - $21.87  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,574  
   
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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$12,261 - $40,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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. Graduate Assistants typically move into roles as Assistant Professors or Postdoctoral Research Associates, and those positions pay $35K more and $20K more, respectively.

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Graduate Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent and 9 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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Entry-Level
0%
National Average
$21,000

Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 39%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 9%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%
National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 50%