Special Education Assistant Salary

Median pay for Special Education Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.71 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.53 per hour to $19.65. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women make up the vast majority of Special Education Assistants (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — roughly a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,606 - $35,370
(Median)
$14K
$20K
$35K
MEDIAN: $20,252
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$9.53 - $19.65
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,606 - $35,370  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
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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$15,742 - $40,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.53 - $19.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
   
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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$15,742 - $40,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 223
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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $28K. Special Education Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Education Assistants, 41 percent higher than the national average. Special Education Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+40 percent) and Chicago (+22 percent).

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 32%
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