Teacher Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Teacher Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.22 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.06 per hour and $14.88. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Teacher Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just under a half — do not have any health coverage, approximately one-half do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance.

$13,414 - $35,588
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$13K
$22K
$36K
MEDIAN: $22,253
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$8.06 - $14.88
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,414 - $35,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
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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$16,059 - $32,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.06 - $14.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
   
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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$16,059 - $32,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,667
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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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While not commonly seen, Teacher Assistants who transition into an Assistant Professor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Assistant Professors is $57K per year. 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. Teacher Assistants will also find cushy salaries at Lausd (+$23K), KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. (+$22K), and Head Start (+$21K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $15K to just $21K — but Childtime Learning Center offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $17K. La Petite Academy, Inc., The Learning Experience, and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $18K, $19K, and $19K.

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Teacher Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Special Needs command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $21K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $22K. Teacher Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $24K. Teacher Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $25K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Teacher Assistants will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Teacher Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Newark (+37 percent), Cincinnati (+23 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (2 percent lower) and Houston (1 percent lower).

Teacher Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Teacher Assistant?

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
up arrow 1%

National Average
$22,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Activities for Children
up arrow 2%

Mathematica
up arrow 2%

Bilingual
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 537 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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