Paraeducator (K-12) Salary

Most K-12 Paraeducators in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $12.34 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.10 per hour to $15.95. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Most K-12 Paraeducators report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,464 - $30,362
(Median)
$13K
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MEDIAN: $17,718
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$9.10 - $15.95
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$13,464 - $30,362  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Total Pay (?
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$15,350 - $32,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.10 - $15.95  
   
Overtime
$13.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
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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$15,350 - $32,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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Job Description for Paraeducator (K-12)

Para-educators (K-12) should have at least an associate's degree and one year of experience working with children who suffer from a variety of learning, behavioral, and medical disabilities. To succeed in this position, they must have a calm and patient demeanor in order to handle a variety of unforeseen circumstances and should also be able to think quickly on their feet.

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Paraeducator (K-12) 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.

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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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $25K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $23K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $27K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $28K.

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Experience Affects Paraeducator (K-12) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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