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Teacher Assistant Salary

Teacher Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $10.18 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.00 per hour to $14.84. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Approximately half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, close to one-half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Teacher Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$13,378 - $34,622
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,378 - $34,622  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $512  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,500  
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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$15,906 - $31,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,238
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $14.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $512  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,500  
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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$15,906 - $31,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,474
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Job Description for Teacher Assistant

Teacher assistants can range from a wide group of people in the education field. They can consist of high school seniors, college undergraduates, teachers with previous experience but who are looking to work in a different area, and many others. Their work consists of providing assistance to the teacher by tutoring and helping small groups of students at the end of the school day. They may also assist in creating lesson plans for the class, modifying the class schedules made by the teacher, assist in creating goals, and creating charts and other visual aids that may be used during the class. When the teacher may be gone due to an emergency, they may be able to supervise the students by enforcing the rules and policies that the teacher has previously set in place. Not only do they work with teachers, but they can also work with sports coaches and other instructors. The qualifications for entry-level teacher assistants are great organization skills, a professional attitude, and a willingness to help. For teacher assistant jobs at universities, the employer requires the person to have experience in the subject that is being taught, along with an associate's or bachelor's degree. The work is both physical and mental. Not only must the person be required to assist in grading papers, but he or she must be mentally focused so that he or she can pay attention to the task at hand. The work environment depends on the subject that is being taught. For example, a math teacher normally requires a teacher assistant to work indoors, since all of the coursework taught is indoors. A physical education coach may require the teacher’s assistant to not only assist in the school building, but also outside by providing assistance with outdoor activities. Work hours can vary depending on if the Teacher Assistant is providing assistance in day or night classes. They do not work the same hours as the teacher, but may come in for a couple of hours during the workday. Typically the weekly schedules range from 10-30 hours per week any day from Monday through Friday.


Teacher Assistant Tasks

  • Plan instruction, including creation of lesson plans, modification of schedules, bibliography, or chart creation, and outlines of goals.
  • Enforce rules, policies, and appropriate behaviors for different settings.
  • Supervise, tutor, and assist students individually and in small groups.
  • Maintain and update paperwork including student grades and progress.

Common Career Paths for Teacher Assistant


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Teacher Assistants do not often transition into Assistant Professor roles. The role averages $56K per year. However, Teacher Assistants typically graduate to Preschool Teachers or Daycare Teachers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Teacher Assistant


Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., La Petite Academy, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and YMCA are top-notch employers for Teacher Assistants in this area. Teacher Assistants flock to Lausd for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $23K lead the pack in compensation. Other big spenders include Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and Head Start, top-paying firms where Teacher Assistants see paychecks nearing $23K, $21K, or $21K.

Employees at Childtime Learning Center take home the smallest paychecks, and $18K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $16K and quickly nearing the top at only $25K. Workers at La Petite Academy, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Primrose Schools also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $18K, $19K, and $20K respectively.

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Teacher Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Special Needs command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. Most people skilled in Activities for Children are similarly competent in Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Teacher Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Teacher Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $21K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $22K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $23K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $24K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 42 percent, Teacher Assistants in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Teacher Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Newark (+37 percent), New York (+30 percent), Phoenix (+22 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average.

Teacher Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Teacher Assistant?

Teacher Assistant in Brooklyn Center:
"Building A Strong Educational Foundation In Today's Youth."
Pros: The hugs in the hallway, working with dedicated professionals, and the challenge of knowing a variety of educational approaches to reach each child.
Cons: The pay could be better.

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Experience Affects Teacher Assistant Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Teacher Assistant Salaries

Special Needs
up arrow 31%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$21,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

Activities for Children
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 603 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 48%