Special Education Paraprofessional Salary

Special Education Paraprofessionals in the United States take home approximately $12.38 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $9.19 per hour on the lower end to $16.82 on the higher end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and nearly one-half have dental, as well. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Special Education Paraprofessionals are female. The majority of Special Education Paraprofessionals claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,220 - $29,735
(Median)
$12K
$18K
$30K
MEDIAN: $18,242
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$9.19 - $16.82
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,220 - $29,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $389.78  
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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$14,566 - $33,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 743
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $16.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $389.78  
   
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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$14,566 - $33,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,045
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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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For Special Education Paraprofessionals, progressing to a Secondary School Special Education Teacher role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Secondary School Special Education Teacher can earn $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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Training, CPR, Autism, and Special Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Special Education Paraprofessionals — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $22K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $23K on average. On average, Special Education Paraprofessionals make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Special Education Paraprofessionals who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $26K.

Pay Difference by Location


Special Education Paraprofessionals will find that Milwaukee offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Special Education Paraprofessionals will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+32 percent), Hartford (+31 percent), New Orleans (+28 percent), and Washington (+26 percent). Special Education Paraprofessionals in Houston earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Training
up arrow 13%

Autism
up arrow 9%

CPR
up arrow 9%

National Average
$23,000

Special Education
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 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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