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Teacher Assistant Salary

Teacher Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.20 per hour for pay. Lower pay rates hover around $8.04 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.88. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Teacher Assistants. Some workers in this field — just under a half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by close to one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third.

$13,363 - $35,204
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$13K
$22K
$35K
MEDIAN: $22,053
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$8.04 - $14.88
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,363 - $35,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $509  
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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$15,970 - $32,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.04 - $14.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $509  
   
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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$15,970 - $32,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,521

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Teacher Assistants sometimes become Assistant Professors, where the average income is $57K per year. Becoming a Preschool Teacher or a Daycare Teacher is, however, a more typical career progression for Teacher Assistants.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Teacher Assistant


Dominating the field, Head Start, La Petite Academy, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and YMCA are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Teacher Assistants. Lausd leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $23K. Also paying near the top of the field are Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc at $23K, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. at $21K, and Tutor Time Learning Centers, where Teacher Assistants annually earn $21K.

Pay for Teacher Assistants is the lowest at Childtime Learning Center, which has a median salary of $17K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $21K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at La Petite Academy, Inc. ($18K), Primrose Schools ($19K), and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development ($19K).

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Survey results show that Teacher Assistants use a fair number of skills. Fortunate workers who know Special Needs command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $21K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $22K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Teacher Assistants make a median salary of $24K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Teacher Assistants, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Teacher Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Newark (+37 percent), Cincinnati (+24 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 3 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston.

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%

Spanish Language
0%

National Average
$21,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Activities for Children
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 576 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: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 47%