Instructional Assistant Salary (United States)

A typical Instructional Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.11 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.86 per hour on the low end to $17.33 on the high end. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and about half receive dental plans. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Instructional Assistants making up 78 percent of workers. Most Instructional Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Instructional Assistant Salary (?
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$13,922 - $33,502
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MEDIAN: $20,026
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Instructional Assistant Salary (?
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$8.86 - $17.33
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,922 - $33,502  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
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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$15,659 - $35,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $17.33  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
   
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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$15,659 - $35,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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Job Description for Instructional Assistant

  • Foster a positive learning atmosphere and assist the classroom teacher in eliminating potential disruptions.
  • Target low-performing students with specialized attention and one-on-one learning to help them achieve their academic goals.
  • Assist teachers in planning and preparing materials for individual and group classroom activities.
  • Assist in delivering lessons in the absence of the teacher.

Common Career Paths for Instructional Assistant

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Oftentimes, Instructional Assistants' salaries rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as an Administrative Assistant usually get paid an extra $6,924 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Beginning workers can expect to earn $23K starting out, which grows to $25K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $26K. Pay actually shrinks for Instructional Assistants after two decades in the profession, averaging $21K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range.

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Experience Affects Instructional Assistant Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 37%