Special Education Paraprofessional Salary (United States)

Earnings for Special Education Paraprofessionals in the United States typically come in at around $12.25 per hour. Compensation starts at $9.05 per hour and can reach $17.01. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than half have medical coverage and about half have dental coverage, around one third claim no health benefits at all. Most Special Education Paraprofessionals report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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 (?
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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  
   
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $17,263 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary Special Education Teacher. Administrative Assistants or Special Education Assistants are common next-step roles for Special Education Paraprofessionals moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $8,334 or $3,914, respectively.

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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, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Salary growth is weak for Special Education Paraprofessionals during their first decade in the field; typical pay starts at $22K and turns to only $22K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $25K. After 20 years of work in the field, Special Education Paraprofessionals typically earn $26K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Chicago
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Orlando
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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). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent.

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
Mid-Career
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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%
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