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Teacher Assistant Salary

Most Teacher Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.22 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.06 per hour and $14.87. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Teacher Assistants. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a little less than one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, roughly one-half have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$13,385 - $35,509
(Median)
$13K
$22K
$36K
MEDIAN: $22,117
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$8.06 - $14.87
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary 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$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,385 - $35,509  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
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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$16,013 - $32,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.06 - $14.87  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.88  
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 - $504  
   
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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$16,013 - $32,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,609

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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. However, becoming a Preschool Teacher or Daycare Teacher is a more frequent transition for Teacher Assistants.

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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. Lausd leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $23K. Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and Head Start are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Teacher Assistants earning around $23K, $22K, or $21K at each firm, respectively.

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. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include La Petite Academy, Inc. at $18K, The Learning Experience at $19K, and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, where $19K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Teacher Assistants only report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Special Needs can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. Most people experienced in Activities for Children also know 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $21K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $22K. For Teacher Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $24K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $25K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Teacher Assistants, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Teacher Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Newark (+37 percent), Cincinnati (+24 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Philadelphia is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent. On the whole, employers pay 2 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Miami and Houston.

Teacher Assistant Reviews

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.

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
up arrow 1%

Spanish Language
0%

National Average
$21,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Activities for Children
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 558 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
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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