Instructional Assistant Salary

For Instructional Assistants, hourly average wages total $12.61 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.29 per hour, and the top verges on $17.05. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, around one in three claim no health benefits at all. Female Instructional Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Instructional Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,635 - $36,326
(Median)
$14K
$20K
$36K
MEDIAN: $20,444
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$9.29 - $17.05
(Median)
$9
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$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$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).
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$15,787 - $35,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$9.29 - $17.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20  
Overtime
$11.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$15,787 - $35,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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

  • 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Instructional Assistants sometimes become Elementary School Teachers, where the average income is $40K per year. With an annual salary of $31K, Administrative Assistant is the most common role for Instructional Assistants to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Teacher Assistant role — which usually pays $21K — is also typical for Instructional Assistants, though less common by comparison.

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Instructional Assistants note just a narrow range 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 median compensation for relatively untried workers is $24K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instructional Assistants make a median salary of $27K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $25K.

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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%
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