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Special Education Assistant Salary (United States)

Pay for Special Education Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.48 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.22 per hour, and the top verges on $19.91. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Special Education Assistants are largely women, dominating the profession at 88 percent. The majority of Special Education Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Special Education Assistant Salary (?
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$13,988 - $35,429
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MEDIAN: $22,379
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Special Education Assistant Salary (?
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$9.22 - $19.91
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,988 - $35,429  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $664  
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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$16,561 - $40,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $19.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $664  
   
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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$16,561 - $40,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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Job Description for Special Education Assistant

  • 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $26K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $25K. Special Education Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $31K on average. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$26,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 31%