Special Education Paraprofessional Salary

For Special Education Paraprofessionals, hourly average wages total $12.41 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.21 per hour and $16.81. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and half get dental coverage, too. The vast majority (89 percent) of Special Education Paraprofessionals who took the survey are female. For the most part, Special Education Paraprofessionals enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,226 - $29,685

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$9.21 - $16.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,226 - $29,685  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $404.06  
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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$14,598 - $33,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 752
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $16.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $404.06  
   
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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$14,598 - $33,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,063
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Secondary School Special Education Teacher, where median compensation is $43K annually. Typical career progression for a Special Education Paraprofessional involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher, roles that pay $8K more and $17K more on average.

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Survey results show that Special Education Paraprofessionals use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Training, Autism, CPR, and Childhood Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 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.


Special Education Paraprofessionals do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $22K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $23K. 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 stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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 (+30 percent), New Orleans (+28 percent), and Chicago (+26 percent). Special Education Paraprofessionals in Macon take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Atlanta (21 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Training
up arrow 13%

Autism
up arrow 12%

CPR
up arrow 7%

National Average
$23,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

Special Education
up arrow 3%

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 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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