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Special Education Paraprofessional Salary

For Special Education Paraprofessionals, hourly average wages total $12.35 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.14 per hour on the low end to $16.90 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Special Education Paraprofessionals. The vast majority of Special Education Paraprofessionals (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Although the greater part have medical coverage and roughly one-half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,282 - $29,727
(Median)
$12K
$18K
$30K
MEDIAN: $18,217
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$9.14 - $16.90
(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
$12,282 - $29,727  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $400.00  
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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$14,616 - $33,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $16.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.00  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $400.00  
   
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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$14,616 - $33,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 994

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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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Special Education Paraprofessionals may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Secondary School Special Education Teacher. The latter position pays an average of $43K annually. It is quite typical for Special Education Paraprofessionals to transition into roles as Administrative Assistants or Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, where reported median earnings are $8K and $17K higher per year.

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Special Education Paraprofessionals report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Training, Autism, Special Education, and Childhood Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


Special Education Paraprofessionals will find that Milwaukee offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Special Education Paraprofessionals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Hartford (+34 percent), New Orleans (+30 percent), Washington (+30 percent), and New York (+29 percent). Special Education Paraprofessionals in Houston report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Training
up arrow 14%

Autism
up arrow 12%

Special Education
0%

National Average
$23,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 268 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: 60% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 36%
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