An average Special Education Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.95 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and one-half have dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Special Education Assistants who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$14,015 - $35,428
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MEDIAN: $22,170
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$10.14 - $19.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,015 - $35,428  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$17,625 - $39,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $19.59  
   
Overtime
$3.55 - $31.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$750  
   
Total Pay (?
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$17,625 - $39,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 340

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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

  • 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.
  • Implement behavior intervention policies to ensure classroom safety for students and faculty.
  • Assist teachers in planning and preparation for individual and group classroom activities.
  • Assist students with personal care, hygiene, meals, and drinks.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Assistant


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Special Education Assistants who take on a higher-level position such as Special Education Paraprofessional may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Special Education Paraprofessionals on average bring home $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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $26K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $28K. Special Education Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $29K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,336

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

For Special Education Assistants, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Special Education Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Madison (+7 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Special Education Assistants in Philadelphia earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Special Education Assistant

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
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Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Assistant Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 7%

Disability Support
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National Average
$27,000

Special Education
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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