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Paraeducator (K-12) Salary

K-12 Paraeducators in the United States pull down an average of $12.21 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.91 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.31 on the higher side. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most K-12 Paraeducators. The vast majority of K-12 Paraeducators (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but a little more than half have medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,255 - $30,653
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$12K
$18K
$31K
MEDIAN: $18,394
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$8.91 - $15.31
(Median)
$8
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$12,255 - $30,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
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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$14,615 - $31,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $15.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
   
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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$14,615 - $31,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Job Description for Paraeducator (K-12)

  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Paraeducator (K-12)

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $24K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $23K. After working for 10 to 20 years, K-12 Paraeducators make a median salary of $28K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $25K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Paraeducator (K-12) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 38%
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