For Instructional Assistants, hourly average wages total $13.36 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Instructional Assistants. Instructional Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and nearly one-half receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$16,316 - $35,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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$15.97  
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$16,316 - $35,909  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 300

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Job Description for Instructional Assistant

Instructional assistants generally work with licensed instructors to ensure the proper learning of the individuals they are teaching. Oftentimes, instructional assistants will work in special education classes, where students may need extra guidance and support. Other times, instructional assistants work in classrooms, alongside instructors with varying types of students. An assistant instructor will aid the instructor by keeping notes on the progress of the group being instructed, as well as the individual progress of select students.

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Instructional Assistant Tasks

  • Assist teachers in planning and preparing materials for individual and group classroom activities.
  • Assist in delivering lessons in the absence of the teacher.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Instructional Assistant


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At the upper end, Instructional Assistants who move into an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers is a much higher $40K per year. Typical career progression for an Instructional Assistant involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Elementary School Teacher, roles that pay $6K more and $14K more on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Instructional Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $25K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $26K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instructional Assistants make a median salary of $28K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Instructional Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Assistant Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 22%

Bilingual
up arrow 6%

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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