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Special Education Assistant Salary

The average Special Education Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.28 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.04 per hour and $19.79. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Special Education Assistants (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,794 - $36,260
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$14K
$21K
$36K
MEDIAN: $21,318
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$9.04 - $19.79
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,794 - $36,260  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $624  
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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$16,100 - $40,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $19.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $624  
   
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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$16,100 - $40,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 208
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $25K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $26K. Special Education Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Special Education Assistants report making only $30K on average.

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 34%