Special Education Paraprofessional Salary

Median pay for Special Education Paraprofessionals in the United States is around $12.49 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.31 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.89. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Special Education Paraprofessionals (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and just under a half have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$12,247 - $29,583
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$18K
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MEDIAN: $18,456
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$9.31 - $16.89
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$9
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,247 - $29,583  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $492.80  
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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$14,725 - $33,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 907
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.31 - $16.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $492.80  
   
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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$14,725 - $33,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,342
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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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There are some Special Education Paraprofessionals — though it's uncommon — that transition into Secondary School Special Education Teachers, where earnings are an average $44K annually. Special Education Paraprofessionals typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, and those positions pay $8K more and $17K more, respectively.

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Special Education Paraprofessionals report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Bilingual, Autism, and CPR are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include patience, People Management, and Special Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Paraprofessional

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $23K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median 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

National Average: $23,461

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With a pay rate for Special Education Paraprofessionals that is 38 percent greater than the national average, Milwaukee offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Special Education Paraprofessionals will also find cushy salaries in Hartford (+30 percent), Cleveland (+26 percent), New Orleans (+25 percent), and Chicago (+24 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Kalamazoo (11 percent lower) and Atlanta (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$23,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 24%

Autism
up arrow 10%

CPR
up arrow 9%

Training
up arrow 2%

National Average
$23,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

Special Education
up arrow 5%

People Management
up arrow 7%

patience
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 266 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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