The average Paraeducator in the United States earns approximately $13.00 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by one-half and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. There are far more female Paraeducators who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 84 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $17,663
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$11,992 - $30,071  
   
Bonus
$725  
Total Pay (?
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$16,585 - $35,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $17.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$725  
   
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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$16,585 - $35,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 396

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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 students with the integration into regular education classroom.
  • Assist the teacher with planning and implementation of any type of community based instruction.
  • Assist with scoring tests, keeping records and making reports as required by the teacher.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Paraeducator


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Paraeducators who go on to become Administrative Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Administrative Assistants is $31K annually. Many Paraeducators advance into roles as Special Education Paraprofessionals or Education Paraprofessionals, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Paraeducator

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


For many Paraeducators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $25K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $27K. Paraeducators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. As Paraeducators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $32K.

Paraeducator Advice

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

Paraeducator in Webster City:
"Emotional attachment."
Be prepared to get attached to some students, some more than others. You have to be prepared to let go when they graduate. No matter how bad you want a student to succeed, they have to want it too.

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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Key Stats for Paraeducator

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Paraeducator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Paraeducator Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 15%

National Average
$26,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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