Special Education Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.86 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Special Education Assistants are female. Most Special Education Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although one-third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,707 - $35,194
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MEDIAN: $21,744
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$10.07 - $19.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,707 - $35,194  
   
Bonus
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$17,239 - $39,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $19.58  
   
Overtime
$20.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$600  
   
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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$17,239 - $39,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 322

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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 often transition into a Special Education Paraprofessional position. Special Education Paraprofessionals report a slightly lower median 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $26K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $27K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,205

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For Special Education Assistants, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Special Education Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), and Madison (+7 percent). Compared to the national average, Philadelphia Special Education Assistants have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Assistant Salaries

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$27,000

Disability Support
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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