Paraeducator Salary (United States)

The average Paraeducator in the United States earns approximately $11.85 per hour. Compensation starts at $8.76 per hour and can reach $16.47. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 40 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by 45 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Paraeducator Salary (?
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$12,077 - $30,781
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MEDIAN: $17,988
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Paraeducator Salary (?
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$8.76 - $16.47
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$12,077 - $30,781  
   
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$0.00 - $808  
Total Pay (?
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$15,802 - $33,926  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.76 - $16.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.64  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $808  
   
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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$15,802 - $33,926  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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Job Description for Paraeducator

  • 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 do not see a large difference in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Special Education Paraprofessional position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. Paraeducators most often move into positions as Paraeducator (K-12)s or Education Paraprofessionals, where they typically take pay cuts of $2,139 or $2,234 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Paraeducator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are typically $23K, which grows only modestly to $22K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $28K after 10 to 20 years. As Paraeducators reach 20 years on the job, salary growth continues to be strong, with earnings averaging $31K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

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 18%
National Average
$24,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 40%
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