A Special Education Assistant earns an average wage of $13.86 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$13,707 - $35,194
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MEDIAN: $21,744
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$10.07 - $19.58
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,707 - $35,194  
   
Bonus
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$17,239 - $39,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $19.58  
   
Overtime
$20.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$600  
   
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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$17,239 - $39,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 322
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Job Description for Special Education Assistant

A special education assistant aids a teacher in a special education class, usually in an elementary, middle, or high school setting. Some classes deal with students who have mental disabilities, while others are children who need help in specific areas such as speech therapy or English as a second language. Sometimes this position involves assisting in a full-time special education classroom. Other times the position involves helping out students in classes where the students will attend for a short period of time in between other classes.

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Special Education Assistant Tasks

  • Assist teachers in planning and preparation for individual and group classroom activities.
  • Assist students with personal care, hygiene, meals, and drinks.
  • Implement behavior intervention policies to ensure classroom safety for students and faculty.
  • Institute specialized therapeutic programs for students under the direction of their therapist and/or classroom teacher.
  • Foster positive relationships with families and support student learning by clearly communicating in-class progress and development.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Assistant

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,205

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Assistant Salaries

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$27,000

Disability Support
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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