Paraeducator Salary

An average Paraeducator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.88 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.99 per hour, and the top verges on $16.44. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Paraeducators (83 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Although a majority have medical coverage and slightly less than half have dental coverage, close to two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$11,966 - $30,133
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$12K
$18K
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MEDIAN: $17,800
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$8.99 - $16.44
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$11,966 - $30,133  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$15,942 - $33,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $16.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.29  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$15,942 - $33,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
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Job Description for Paraeducator

A paraeducator is a school employee who works in a classroom under a teacher's supervision. This position does not require a specialized degree; a high school diploma (or equivalent) is required, although an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in an educational field is highly recommended. It is also typically required of a person in this position to have plenty of experience working with children.

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Paraeducator Tasks

  • Assist the teacher in the development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP).
  • Assist the teacher with the designing of instruction and follow through.
  • Evaluate student progress on work assignments and shares information with teacher.
  • Assist students with the integration into regular education classroom.
  • Assist the teacher with planning and implementation of any type of community based instruction.

Common Career Paths for Paraeducator


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Paraeducators who go on to become Special Education Paraprofessionals may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Special Education Paraprofessional, an upper-level role, pays $23K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Paraeducator

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $23K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $23K. Paraeducators bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Paraeducator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $31K.

Paraeducator Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Paraeducator in Detroit:
"I Would Have Graduated With A Degree In Counseling."
Make sure you get all the information you can to help you better yourselves as well as the student.

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Experience Affects Paraeducator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 39%
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