Special Education Assistant Salary

Median pay for Special Education Assistants in the United States is around $13.85 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.94 per hour on the lower end to $19.63 on the higher end. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Special Education Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Although close to a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and over one-half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Special Education Assistants is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,046 - $35,247
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$14K
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MEDIAN: $20,759
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$9.94 - $19.63
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,046 - $35,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
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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$16,459 - $39,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $19.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
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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$16,459 - $39,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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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Special Education Assistants who take on a higher-level position such as Special Education Paraprofessional may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Special Education Paraprofessionals on average bring home $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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $28K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Special Education Assistants make a median salary 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,896

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Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Special Education Assistants in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Special Education Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Madison (+8 percent), and Indianapolis (+3 percent). Special Education Assistants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Special Education Assistants in Philadelphia bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average.

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

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


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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