Women account for the majority of Instructional Paraprofessionals in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.14 per hour. For the most part, Instructional Paraprofessionals enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$12,645 - $29,681
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MEDIAN: $18,717
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90%

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$9.23 - $18.28
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,645 - $29,681  
   
Bonus
$550  
Total Pay (?
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$15,058 - $34,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.23 - $18.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$550  
   
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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$15,058 - $34,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 202

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Job Description for Instructional Paraprofessional

  • Implement behavior intervention policies when necessary to ensure classroom safety for students and faculty.
  • Institute specialized therapeutic programs for students under the direction of their therapist and/or classroom teacher.
  • Assist teachers in planning and preparing materials for individual and group classroom activities.
  • Assist students with personal care, hygiene, meals, and drinks.

Common Career Paths for Instructional Paraprofessional


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Instructional Paraprofessionals who go on to become Special Education Paraprofessionals may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Special Education Paraprofessional, an upper-level role, pays $24K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Paraprofessional

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


For many Instructional Paraprofessionals, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $23K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $23K on average. Instructional Paraprofessionals claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $24K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Instructional Paraprofessionals with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $26K.

Instructional Paraprofessional Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Instructional Paraprofessional?

Instructional Paraprofessional in Burkburnett:
"I love my job. The pay is horrible though."
Pros: Teaching children to read. Having the same schedule as my children. Having summers off with my children.
Cons: There is so much expected from me that sometimes it is hard to get everything done. The pay is below poverty.

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Key Stats for Instructional Paraprofessional

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Instructional Paraprofessional Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Instructional Paraprofessional Salaries

Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

Activities for Children
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National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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