Paraeducator (K-12) Salary

K-12 Paraeducators in the United States take home an average $12.45 per hour. Most K-12 Paraeducators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of K-12 Paraeducators (90 percent) who responded to the survey are women. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, a little more than half do receive medical benefits and about two in five have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,844 - $30,951
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$18K
$31K
MEDIAN: $18,421
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$9.20 - $16.62
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MEDIAN: $12.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,844 - $30,951  
   
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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$16,504 - $34,265  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $16.62  
   
Overtime
$19.76  
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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$16,504 - $34,265  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118

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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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At the upper end, K-12 Paraeducators who move into a Secondary School Special Education Teacher role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Secondary School Special Education Teachers is a much higher $44K per year. A Paraeducator or an Education Paraprofessional is a typical transition from a K-12 Paraeducator role.

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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.


K-12 Paraeducators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. After two decades in the workforce, the average K-12 Paraeducator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $30K.

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Key Stats for Paraeducator (K-12)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Paraeducator (K-12) Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▼0%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
▼2%

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
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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