Teacher Assistant Salary

Most Teacher Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.77 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and experience level. While some workers in this profession — approximately half — do not have any health coverage, about one-half do receive medical benefits and one in three have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Teacher Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,816 - $34,970
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MEDIAN: $22,684
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$8.56 - $15.08
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MEDIAN: $10.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,816 - $34,970  
   
Bonus
$50.57 - $1,350  
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$16,818 - $32,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,306
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.56 - $15.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$8.73 - $23.17  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$50.57 - $1,350  
   
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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$16,818 - $32,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,233
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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 $58K annually. 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Teacher Assistant


Many Teacher Assistants can be found at Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, Primrose Schools, and La Petite Academy, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Although salaries only range from $19K to just $30K, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $24K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Dallas ISD, Lausd, and Bright Horizons Child Care, top-paying firms where Teacher Assistants rake in a decent $24K, $23K, or $23K, respectively.

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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 5 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cleaning, Mathematica, and CPR. It is often found that people who know Activities for Children are also skilled in 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $22K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $24K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Teacher Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $24K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,544

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

For those looking to make money, Teacher Assistants in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Teacher Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Austin (+13 percent). Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Columbus and 6 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Teacher Assistant Reviews

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

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 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.

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Key Stats for Teacher Assistant

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 359 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Teacher Assistant Salaries

▲17%

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$23,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Teacher Assistant Salaries

Teaching
▲20%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲16%


teacher assistant
▲5%

Special Needs
▲4%

Associates degree
▲4%


National Average
$23,000


▼1%


CDA
▼2%


CPR
▼6%

Mathematica
▼6%

Cleaning
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 359 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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