Special Education Paraprofessional Salary

Special Education Paraprofessionals in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.68 per hour. 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 more than half and dental insurance is reported by just under one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Special Education Paraprofessionals. The vast majority of Special Education Paraprofessionals (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$12,549 - $30,195
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$19K
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MEDIAN: $18,598
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$9.57 - $17.51
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MEDIAN: $12.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,549 - $30,195  
   
Bonus
$194.58 - $4,932  
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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$15,039 - $34,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,031
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.57 - $17.51  
   
Overtime
$1.75 - $24.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$194.58 - $4,932  
   
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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$15,039 - $34,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,636

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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

  • Support the education and environment of students with special needs.
  • Create and implement games and social events for enriching student development.
  • Tutor students directly and document useful information for assessment.
  • Coordinate with teachers to enhance instruction and lesson planning.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Paraprofessional


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Though some Special Education Paraprofessionals move into positions like Secondary School Special Education Teacher (where the average salary is $44K), this progression is not the norm. It is quite typical for Special Education Paraprofessionals to transition into roles as Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $16K and $7K higher per year.

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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.


Special Education Paraprofessionals do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $23K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $24K. Special Education Paraprofessionals claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $27K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,100

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Special Education Paraprofessionals that is 42 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Special Education Paraprofessionals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Milwaukee (+37 percent), Minneapolis (+32 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), and Philadelphia (+21 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Warner Robins (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Special Education Paraprofessional

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$24,000

▼1%

▼3%

Skills That Affect Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Clinical Psychology
▲29%

English Language
▲29%

▲6%

Training
▲6%

CPR
▲4%


Disability Support
▼0%

National Average
$24,000

Behavior Management
▼4%

patience
▼6%

Bilingual
▼8%

Special Education
▼9%

People Management
▼9%

Associates degree
▼11%

Teaching
▼17%

Activities for Children
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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