Special Education Paraprofessionals in the United States take home approximately $12.66 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women account for the majority of Special Education Paraprofessionals who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and a little less than one-half have dental insurance. Most Special Education Paraprofessionals like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$12,483 - $30,058
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$19K
$30K
MEDIAN: $18,609
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$9.55 - $17.34
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,483 - $30,058  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $4,949  
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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$15,031 - $34,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 963
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $17.34  
   
Overtime
$2.14 - $24.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$193.92 - $4,949  
   
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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$15,031 - $34,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,552
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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 do not often transition into Secondary School Special Education Teacher roles. The role averages $44K per year. Special Education Paraprofessionals moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Administrative Assistants or Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers. The median paychecks in those roles are $7K higher and $16K higher, 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $23K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $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 $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,050

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

Surpassing the national average by 42 percent, Special Education Paraprofessionals in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Special Education Paraprofessionals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Milwaukee (+36 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and Cincinnati (+14 percent). In Houston, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Warner Robins (11 percent less) and Orlando (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%



National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Paraprofessional Salaries

English Language
up arrow 30%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 23%

Autism
up arrow 7%

CPR
up arrow 4%

Training
up arrow 2%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$24,000

Behavior Management
up arrow 1%

Disability Support
up arrow 3%

patience
up arrow 5%

Special Education
up arrow 6%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

People Management
up arrow 9%

Associates degree
up arrow 11%

Teaching
up arrow 15%

Activities for Children
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 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: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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