Instructional Paraprofessional Salary

Instructional Paraprofessionals in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.29 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.04 per hour and $18.40. Women account for the majority of Instructional Paraprofessionals who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Work is enjoyable for Instructional Paraprofessionals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$11,972 - $27,683
(Median)
$12K
$18K
$28K
MEDIAN: $18,008
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$9.04 - $18.40
(Median)
$9
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$11,972 - $27,683  
   
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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$14,138 - $34,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $18.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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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$14,138 - $34,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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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.

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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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $22K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $23K. For Instructional Paraprofessionals, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary 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.

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Experience Affects Instructional Paraprofessional Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$23,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 39%
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