Special Education Assistant Salary

Median pay for Special Education Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.80 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.60 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.74. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more female Special Education Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Special Education Assistants. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$13,552 - $35,650

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$9.60 - $19.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,552 - $35,650  
   
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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$15,757 - $40,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.60 - $19.74  
   
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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$15,757 - $40,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $25K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $28K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Special Education Assistants who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $29K.

Pay Difference by Location


Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Special Education Assistants, 41 percent above the national average. Special Education Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+33 percent) and Chicago (+31 percent).

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
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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
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 32%
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