Instructional Assistant Salary

The average Instructional Assistant in the United States earns approximately $12.61 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.29 per hour and $17.05. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Instructional Assistants (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Some workers in this field — nearly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by around half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Read More
$13,635 - $36,326
(Median)
$14K
$20K
$36K
MEDIAN: $20,444
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$9.29 - $17.05
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$13,635 - $36,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
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).
)
$15,787 - $35,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$9.29 - $17.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20  
Overtime
$11.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
   
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).
)
$15,787 - $35,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 294
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Instructional Assistant Tasks

  • 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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


While not commonly seen, Instructional Assistants who transition into an Elementary School Teacher position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Elementary School Teachers is $40K per year. Becoming an Administrative Assistant is, more often than not, the most common role that Instructional Assistants move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $31K. Another frequent advance is for Instructional Assistants to assume a Teacher Assistant role; in this role, workers often earn $21K.

Instructional Assistant Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Survey takers who work as Instructional Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Special Education and Childhood Education are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Assistant

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $24K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instructional Assistants make a median salary of $27K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $25K by contrast.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Instructional Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Instructional Assistant Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 30%

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 34%
ADVERTISEMENT