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Paraeducator Salary (United States)

Paraeducators in the United States pull down an average of $11.80 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.88 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.50 on the higher side. While some workers in this profession — approximately two in five — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Female Paraeducators far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. For the most part, Paraeducators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Paraeducator Salary (?
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$12,077 - $30,012
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MEDIAN: $17,883
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Paraeducator Salary (?
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$8.88 - $16.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,077 - $30,012  
   
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$0.00 - $979  
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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$15,681 - $33,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.88 - $16.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
   
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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$15,681 - $33,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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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Many Paraeducators move into a Special Education Paraprofessional role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Special Education Paraprofessionals on average bring in a similar salary to Paraeducators.

Paraeducator Job Listings

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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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $23K, 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Paraeducators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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 16%
National Average
$24,000
Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 39%