Special Education Paraprofessional Salary

Special Education Paraprofessionals in the United States pull down an average of $12.39 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.18 per hour on the lower end to $16.85 on the higher end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Special Education Paraprofessionals (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Although more than half have medical coverage and around half have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,178 - $29,700
(Median)
$12K
$18K
$30K
MEDIAN: $18,199
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$9.18 - $16.85
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,178 - $29,700  
   
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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$14,535 - $33,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 743
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $16.85  
   
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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$14,535 - $33,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,038
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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. 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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Survey results suggest that Special Education Paraprofessionals use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Training, CPR, Autism, and Special Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Paraprofessional

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


For Special Education Paraprofessionals, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $22K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $23K on average. On average, Special Education Paraprofessionals make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $26K.

Pay Difference by Location


Milwaukee is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Education Paraprofessionals, 42 percent higher than the national average. Special Education Paraprofessionals will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+33 percent), Hartford (+31 percent), New Orleans (+29 percent), and Washington (+27 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Houston Special Education Paraprofessionals earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average.

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Experience Affects Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Training
up arrow 14%

Autism
up arrow 10%

CPR
up arrow 10%

National Average
$23,000

Special Education
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 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: 35% employee benefits None: 36%
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