Special Education Paraprofessional Salary

An average Special Education Paraprofessional in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.33 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.09 per hour, and the top verges on $16.96. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and around half have dental insurance. The vast majority (89 percent) of Special Education Paraprofessionals who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$12,249 - $29,647
(Median)
$12K
$18K
$30K
MEDIAN: $18,205
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$9.09 - $16.96
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,249 - $29,647  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $487.22  
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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$14,544 - $33,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 696
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $16.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $487.22  
   
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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$14,544 - $33,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 967

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Job Description for Special Education Paraprofessional

Special education paraeducators act as assistants for the special education teacher, helping them achieve educational goals and helping maintain supervision and care for special needs students. The special education paraeducator acts in a subordinate role to the teacher and is responsible for carrying out curriculum plans according to guidelines constructed and implemented by the teacher. Additionally, they also help the teacher in clerical duties such as grading papers. Other tasks may include assisting with the safety, mentoring, and transportation of special needs students.

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Special Education Paraprofessional Tasks

  • Tutor students directly and document useful information for assessment.
  • Coordinate with teachers to enhance instruction and lesson planning.
  • Support the education and environment of students with special needs.
  • Create and implement games and social events for enriching student development.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Paraprofessional


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As Special Education Paraprofessionals transition into upper-level roles such as Secondary School Special Education Teacher, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Secondary School Special Education Teachers earn $43K on average per year. Special Education Paraprofessionals most often move into positions as Administrative Assistants or Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Survey results imply that Special Education Paraprofessionals put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Autism, Training, Childhood Education, and Special Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Paraprofessional

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $22K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $23K. Special Education Paraprofessionals who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Special Education Paraprofessionals, Milwaukee offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Special Education Paraprofessionals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Hartford (+34 percent), New York (+33 percent), Washington (+30 percent), and New Orleans (+29 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Special Education Paraprofessionals in Houston earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average.

Special Education Paraprofessional Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Special Education Paraprofessional in Katy:
"Rewarding."
You need an open mind. Working with special needs children takes a different approach than with typical developing children. You'll learn tons of new information and meet some wonderful children and people. Just have a lot of patience because it'll take them a bit longer to learn most new concepts but worth it as you see them grow.

Special Education Paraprofessional in Bridgeport:
"To Seek Out Other Career Options."
You have to love and have a true passion to do the job, its not the money issues that will keep you successfully doing the job. But there comes a time when you have to make a change for the better.

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Experience Affects Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$23,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Autism
up arrow 18%

Training
up arrow 14%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$23,000

Special Education
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 266 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 36%