Teacher Assistant Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Teacher Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.23 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.06 per hour on the low end to $14.89 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Slightly less than one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, roughly one-half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Teacher Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$13,427 - $35,520

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$8.06 - $14.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,427 - $35,520  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $502  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,965  
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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$16,101 - $32,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.06 - $14.89  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $502  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,965  
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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$16,101 - $32,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,723
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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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There are some Teacher Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Assistant Professors, where earnings are an average $57K annually. The most common career progression for Teacher Assistants leads to becoming a Preschool Teacher, where average pay is $24K annually. However, many Teacher Assistants also opt to become Daycare Teachers. Typically, a Daycare Teacher brings home $20K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Teacher Assistant


Known for taking on a considerable number of Teacher Assistants, Head Start, La Petite Academy, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and YMCA are leading firms in the industry. Teacher Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, where the median salary comes to $24K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($19K) and those starting out ($39K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Other big spenders include Lausd, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and Head Start, top-paying firms where Teacher Assistants see paychecks nearing $23K, $21K, or $21K.

With a median salary of $18K, Childtime Learning Center provides Teacher Assistants with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $21K, limiting employee salary growth. La Petite Academy, Inc., The Learning Experience and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $18K, $18K, and $19K.

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Survey results imply that Teacher Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Fortunate workers who know Special Needs command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Bilingual. 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $21K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $22K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $24K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $25K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 41 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), Cincinnati (+22 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and New York (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 3 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia.

Teacher Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Teacher Assistant?

Teacher Assistant in Willimantic:
"Great Opportunities."
Pros: Great, high-quality environment with many opportunities, including for networking.
Cons: I have to make decisions as a team, which is also a good thing, but I have a little less freedom.

Teacher Assistant in Wixom:
"Caring teacher."
Pros: Caring for children is my passion. I love helping them learn and grow. I have experience in potty training.
Cons: My employees, the pay, the gossip, the uncleanliness.

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.

What is it like working as a Teacher Assistant at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc?

Teacher Assistant in New York:
"Professionally Rewarding but under paid."
Pros: The children. It is very rewarding to help children grow emotionally and physically healthy.
Cons: Low rates. Lunch breaks always late. BH is not a bad company however, I feel they pay bad for all what they ask from their staff. They also charge a lot to parents but they do not share it with their staff that make the business runs. This Is a corporation so the business is first. Heart principles are there in the paper but I feel money and business are first. They have so many things that you could think they are great company but their low pay is more significant than anything else. I think the people they get as workers are many time with low skills to work with children but you get what you pay.

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Experience Affects Teacher Assistant Salaries




National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Teacher Assistant Salaries

Special Needs
up arrow 30%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
0%

National Average
$22,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Mathematica
up arrow 2%

Activities for Children
up arrow 3%

Bilingual
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 525 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 47%
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