Paraeducator Salary

Paraeducators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.30 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.17 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.84 on the higher side. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — around two in five — do not have any health coverage, slightly more than half do receive medical benefits and slightly less than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the vast majority of Paraeducators (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$11,935 - $30,757
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$31K
MEDIAN: $17,420
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$9.17 - $16.84
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$11,935 - $30,757  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
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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$15,898 - $34,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $16.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $23.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
   
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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$15,898 - $34,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 465
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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 transition into an Administrative Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $31K per year. Paraeducators most often move into positions as Special Education Paraprofessionals or Education Paraprofessionals. Special Education Paraprofessionals actually earn $1K less on average, however, and Education Paraprofessionals earn $2K less per year than Paraeducators do.

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Pay by Experience Level for Paraeducator

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


For Paraeducators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $23K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $24K. Paraeducators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. 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

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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Experience Affects Paraeducator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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