Instructional Assistant Salary

Average Instructional Assistants in the United States make around $12.45 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.10 per hour on the low end to $17.04 on the high end. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little less than one-half get dental coverage, too. There are far more female Instructional Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 80 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,611 - $35,934
(Median)
$14K
$20K
$36K
MEDIAN: $20,389
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$9.10 - $17.04
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,611 - $35,934  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
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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$15,767 - $35,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.10 - $17.04  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $37.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
   
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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$15,767 - $35,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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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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Advancing into an Administrative Assistant role seems to be a popular career move for Instructional Assistants, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $31K 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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $24K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $25K. Instructional Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $27K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Instructional Assistants report making only $24K on average.

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Experience Affects Instructional Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 37%
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