Paraeducator Salary (United States)

Paraeducators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.85 per hour. Pay starts at $8.76 per hour and can approach $16.47 on the higher side. Although more than half have medical coverage and 45 percent have dental coverage, 40 percent claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Paraeducators. The information for this snapshot was generated by 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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MEDIAN: $11.00
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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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
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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For Paraeducators, career advancement has little to no impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Special Education Paraprofessional will bring in a similar amount to someone not as far along in their career. More commonly, Paraeducators take pay cuts as they move into roles as Paraeducator (K-12)s or Education Paraprofessionals, making $2,139 or $2,234 less per year, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Paraeducator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay increases slowly at first for Paraeducators, with starting salaries of $23K reaching $22K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $28K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years of work in the field, Paraeducators typically earn $31K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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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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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