Special Education Assistant Salary

Median pay for Special Education Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.85 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.94 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.63. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. The vast majority of Special Education Assistants (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of Special Education Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,046 - $35,247
(Median)
$14K
$21K
$35K
MEDIAN: $20,759
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$9.94 - $19.63
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,046 - $35,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
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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$16,459 - $39,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $19.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
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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$16,459 - $39,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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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Although many Special Education Assistants transition into Special Education Paraprofessional roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $23K.

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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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,896

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Special Education Assistants in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Special Education Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Madison (+8 percent), and Indianapolis (+3 percent). Special Education Assistants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Special Education Assistants in Philadelphia bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average.

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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