Paraeducator Salary

Paraeducators in the United States pull down an average of $11.90 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.99 per hour and $16.44. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Paraeducators. The vast majority of Paraeducators (83 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by a little less than one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$11,959 - $29,783

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$8.99 - $16.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$11,959 - $29,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$15,850 - $33,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $16.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$15,850 - $33,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
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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 go on to become Special Education Paraprofessionals may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Special Education Paraprofessional, an upper-level role, pays $23K.

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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $23K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $23K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Paraeducators make a median salary of $28K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income 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 18%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 40%
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