The average K-12 Paraeducator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.33 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by slightly more than half and dental coverage is claimed by around two in five. There are far more female K-12 Paraeducators who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,806 - $30,240
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MEDIAN: $17,592
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$9.17 - $16.25
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,806 - $30,240  
   
Bonus
$1,008  
Total Pay (?
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$16,076 - $33,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $16.25  
   
Overtime
$19.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$1,008  
   
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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$16,076 - $33,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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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 students with the integration into regular education classroom.
  • Assist the teacher with planning and implementation of any type of community based instruction.
  • Assist with scoring tests, keeping records and making reports as required by the teacher.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Paraeducator (K-12)


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K-12 Paraeducators may progress into high-paying roles like Secondary School Special Education Teacher, where median compensation is $44K annually. Becoming a Paraeducator or an Education Paraprofessional is often the next step for a K-12 Paraeducator.

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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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $24K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $25K on average. K-12 Paraeducators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $25K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $29K.

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Experience Affects Paraeducator (K-12) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
0%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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