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Paraeducator Salary (United States)

Pay for Paraeducators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.85 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.76 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.47 on the higher side. Although close to two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Female Paraeducators far outnumber their male contemporaries in the field. Most Paraeducators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale 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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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,077 - $30,781  
   
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.76 - $16.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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  
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 tend not to experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Special Education Paraprofessional. That job pays about the same. Many Paraeducators choose to become K-12 Paraeducators and Education Paraprofessionals as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $2K less and $2K less, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Paraeducator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Paraeducators in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $23K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $22K. Paraeducators bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $31K. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise roughly one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

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%
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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%