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Special Education Paraprofessional Salary (United States)

Pay for Special Education Paraprofessionals in the United States is typically around $12.25 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.05 per hour and $17.01. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by just under one-half. In a profession dominated by women, 89 percent of Special Education Paraprofessionals are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Special Education Paraprofessional Salary (?
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$12,131 - $29,365
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MEDIAN: $17,903
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Special Education Paraprofessional Salary (?
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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$9.05 - $17.01
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,131 - $29,365  
   
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$0.00 - $493.16  
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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$14,275 - $33,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 544
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $17.01  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.16  
   
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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$14,275 - $33,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 742
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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 make advancements in their career path to roles like or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers will make $40K annually. Special Education Paraprofessionals typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Special Education Assistants, and those positions pay $8K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Special Education Paraprofessionals note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Training, Childhood Education, People Management, and Special Education are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Special Education and People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Paraprofessional

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Special Education Paraprofessionals, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $22K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $22K. For Special Education Paraprofessionals, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $25K. Special Education Paraprofessionals who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $26K. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$23,000
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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Special Education Paraprofessionals, 44 percent above the national average. Special Education Paraprofessionals will also find cushy salaries in Hartford (+40 percent) and Chicago (+28 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Houston.

Special Education Paraprofessional Advice

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

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$23,000
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Training
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National Average
$23,000
Childhood Education
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People Management
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Special Education
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 37%