Special Education Assistant Salary

The average Special Education Assistant in the United States earns approximately $13.64 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.47 per hour and $19.66. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by just over a half. For the most part, Special Education Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Special Education Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,594 - $35,416
(Median)
$14K
$20K
$35K
MEDIAN: $20,344
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$9.47 - $19.66
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,594 - $35,416  
   
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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$15,805 - $40,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.47 - $19.66  
   
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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$15,805 - $40,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222
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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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. Special Education Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Special Education Assistants, 42 percent above the national average. Special Education Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+40 percent) and Chicago (+22 percent).

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 32%
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