Teacher Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Teacher Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.22 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.05 per hour to $14.87. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although just under one-half lack health benefits of any kind, roughly one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too.

$13,468 - $35,560
(Median)
$13K
$22K
$36K
MEDIAN: $22,312
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$8.05 - $14.87
(Median)
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$10
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,468 - $35,560  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
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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$16,078 - $32,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,314
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $14.87  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
   
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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$16,078 - $32,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,684
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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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It's not very common for Teacher Assistants to move on to become Assistant Professors. Average pay for an Assistant Professor is $57K annually. With an annual salary of $24K, Preschool Teacher is the most common role for Teacher Assistants to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Daycare Teacher role — which usually pays $20K — is also typical for Teacher Assistants, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Teacher Assistant


Teacher Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Head Start, La Petite Academy, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and YMCA. For Teacher Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $24K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($19K versus $39K) is great. Teacher Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks at Lausd ($23K), KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. ($22K), and Head Start ($21K).

Childtime Learning Center doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $18K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $21K and scope of pay is rather limited. La Petite Academy, Inc., The Learning Experience, and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $18K, $19K, and $19K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Survey results suggest that Teacher Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Special Needs can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bilingual. Those familiar with Activities for Children also tend to know Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Teacher Assistant

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


For Teacher Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $21K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $22K. On average, Teacher Assistants make $24K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $25K on average.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Newark (+37 percent), Cincinnati (+22 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and New York (+19 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average.

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 1%

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 531 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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