Graduate Assistant Salary

Those pursuing careers as Graduate Assistants in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $20K per year. The majority of Graduate Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than half, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage. The vast majority (89 percent) of Graduate Assistants who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,125 - $31,542
$13K
$20K
$32K
MEDIAN: $19,881
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$9.12 - $18.38
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MEDIAN: $12.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,125 - $31,542  
   
Total Pay (?
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$13,657 - $34,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.12 - $18.38  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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$13,657 - $34,891  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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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It's not very common for Graduate Assistants to move on to become Computer and Information Research Scientists. Average pay for a Computer and Information Research Scientist is $95K annually. When Graduate Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Assistant Professors or Postdoctoral Research Associates. Those roles pay an additional $35K and $19K, respectively.

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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 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
82%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
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Experience Affects Graduate Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
▲29%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
▼6%

Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲28%

Microsoft Office
▲10%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
82%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 50%
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