Average Paraeducators in the United States make around $12.95 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Paraeducators (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Although roughly two in five lack health benefits of any kind, over one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Paraeducators is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,026 - $28,905
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$29K
MEDIAN: $17,420
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$9.94 - $17.41
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,026 - $28,905  
   
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$16,280 - $35,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $17.41  
   
Overtime
$5.00 - $18.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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$16,280 - $35,452  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Administrative Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $31K annually. Paraeducators most often advance into Special Education Paraprofessional and Education Paraprofessional positions even though 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.


Paraeducators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $25K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $26K. Paraeducators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. Paraeducators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Paraeducator Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 20%

National Average
$25,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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