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Instructional Assistant Salary

The average Instructional Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.27 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.99 per hour and $17.22. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. The majority of Instructional Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$13,677 - $33,969
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MEDIAN: $19,905
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$8.99 - $17.22
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,677 - $33,969  
   
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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$15,476 - $35,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $17.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $37.19  
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 - $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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$15,476 - $35,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 189
United States (change)

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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Instructional Assistants often transition into upper level Administrative Assistant positions, where pay tends to be much higher. On average, Administrative Assistants earn $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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $23K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $25K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Instructional Assistants see a median salary of $26K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $21K on average.

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Experience Affects Instructional Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 37%