Special Education Assistant Salary (United States)

Salaries for Special Education Assistants in the United States sit in the ballpark of $13.48 per hour. Pay begins at $9.22 per hour on the low end and climbs to $19.91 near the top. While some workers in this profession—about a third—do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Special Education Assistant Salary (?
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$13,988 - $35,429
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MEDIAN: $22,379
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Special Education Assistant Salary (?
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$9.22 - $19.91
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,988 - $35,429  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $664  
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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$16,561 - $40,848  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $19.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $664  
   
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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$16,561 - $40,848  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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Job Description for Special Education Assistant

  • 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.
Special Education Assistants do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Standard salaries begin at $25K and can reach $26K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $31K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Special Education Assistants at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $31K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%
Late-Career
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National Average
$26,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 31%
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