Teacher Assistant Salary

Teacher Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.86 per hour for pay. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Teacher Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by slightly less than half and dental insurance is reported by one-third. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$13,944 - $34,531
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$22K
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MEDIAN: $22,338
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$8.62 - $15.11
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MEDIAN: $10.86
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$0$34K
Salary $13,944 - $34,531
Bonus $50.34 - $1,237
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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$16,913 - $31,979
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,343
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $8.62 - $15.11
Hourly Tips $0.50
Overtime $9.59 - $21.88
Annual Data $0$31K
Bonus $50.34 - $1,237
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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$16,913 - $31,979
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,504

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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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)


Teacher Assistant Tasks

  • Supervise, tutor, and assist students individually and in small groups.
  • Maintain and update paperwork including student grades and progress.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Teacher Assistant


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Teacher Assistants do not often transition into Assistant Professor roles. The role averages $58K per year. More often than not, a Preschool Teacher role is the next step for Teacher Assistants moving up in the field. Preschool Teachers usually make $25K per year. Many other Teacher Assistants choose to take on a Daycare Teacher role, where salaries are typically $21K.

Teacher Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Teacher Assistant


Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, Primrose Schools, and La Petite Academy, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Teacher Assistants. Employees at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $24K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $19K and higher ones not far away at only $30K. Also paying near the top of the field are Dallas ISD at $24K, Lausd at $23K, and Bright Horizons Child Care, where Teacher Assistants annually earn $23K.

Childcare Network, Inc., Childtime Learning Center, and La Petite Academy, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $19K for all three.

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Teacher Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Teaching, Oral / Verbal Communication, teacher assistant, and Special Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cleaning, Mathematica, and CPR. Most people who know Activities for Children also know Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Teacher Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Teacher Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Teacher Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 2,885 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Teacher Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 1,098 salaries. An experienced Teacher Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 954 salaries. A Teacher Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 249 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,639

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Teacher Assistants, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Teacher Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Austin (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbus and Indianapolis (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Teacher Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Teacher Assistant?

Teacher Assistant in San Antonio:
"Great."
Pros: Allow the child to develop their own interests.
Cons: Not full-time.

Teacher Assistant in Apple Valley:
"Assistant Infant Teacher."
Pros: Working with children. Friendly co-workers.
Cons: Disorganized staff. Having responsibilities outside job description. Overworked staff. Stressful environment. Putting up a front for parents.

Teacher Assistant in Evansville:
Pros: The people I work with.
Cons: Pay and hours.

Teacher Assistant in Tampa:
"Challenging."
Pros: Fun to teach kids about many subjects and life skills as population of students are autistic.
Cons: Poor salary, no potential growth, student behaviors that can be dangerous to staff. Little support from management.

Teacher Assistant in Independence:
Pros: How I cam spend time with children.
Cons: Most of the kids are a handful.

Teacher Assistant in Albuquerque:
Pros: The houres are very confiunes for my family.
Cons: Very long vacationed with no pay l.

Teacher Assistant in Milwaukee:
"Challenging, Busy, Creative, always learning."
Pros: I love working with the kids and their development.
Cons: Challenging behaviors on a regular basis: biting, kicking, hitting, deregulation.

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Key Stats for Teacher Assistant

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 449 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Teacher Assistant Salaries

▲17%

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$23,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Teacher Assistant Salaries

Teaching
▲19%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲15%


teacher assistant
▲4%


Special Needs
▲3%

Associates degree
▲3%

National Average
$23,000



▼2%

CDA
▼2%


CPR
▼7%

Mathematica
▼7%

Cleaning
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 449 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 51%
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