Special Education Assistant Salary

A Special Education Assistant earns an average wage of $13.71 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Childhood Education is associated with high pay for this job.
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$13,606 - $35,370
(Median)
$14K
$20K
$35K
MEDIAN: $20,252
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$9.53 - $19.65
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,606 - $35,370  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
Total Pay (?
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$15,742 - $40,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.53 - $19.65  
   
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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$15,742 - $40,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.

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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 49 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: 44% employee benefits None: 32%
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