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Special Education Assistant Salary

Special Education Assistants in the United States take home approximately $13.60 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.29 per hour, and the top verges on $19.67. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Special Education Assistants. Some workers in this field — around one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. Female Special Education Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$13,818 - $35,895
(Median)
$14K
$21K
$36K
MEDIAN: $20,717
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$9.29 - $19.67
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,818 - $35,895  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $636  
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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$16,002 - $40,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.29 - $19.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $636  
   
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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$16,002 - $40,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208

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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.


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 $30K. Special Education Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Minneapolis is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Education Assistants, 41 percent higher than the national average. Special Education Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+28 percent) and Chicago (+21 percent).

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Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 33%