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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 $10.21 per hour for pay. Earnings sit near $8.05 per hour on the lower side but can approach $14.86 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than half lack any form of coverage — but around half have medical insurance, and over a third have dental, too. The majority of Teacher Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$13,357 - $35,272
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$13K
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MEDIAN: $22,100
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$8.05 - $14.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,357 - $35,272  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
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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$15,992 - $32,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $14.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.86  
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 - $506  
   
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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$15,992 - $32,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,581

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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 some Teacher Assistants move into positions like Assistant Professor (where the average salary is $57K), this progression is not the norm. 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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Teacher Assistants include Head Start, La Petite Academy, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and YMCA. The biggest paychecks can be found at Lausd — the median salary there is $23K. Also paying near the top of the field are Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc at $23K, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. at $22K, and Head Start, where Teacher Assistants annually earn $21K.

Employees at Childtime Learning Center take home the smallest paychecks, and $17K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $15K and quickly nearing the top at only $21K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include La Petite Academy, Inc. ($18K), The Learning Experience ($19K), and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development ($19K).

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Teacher Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Special Needs can expect a significant pay bump, 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $22K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $21K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $24K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location


For Teacher Assistants, Washington provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Teacher Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Newark (+37 percent), Cincinnati (+24 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and New York (+19 percent). In Houston, salaries are 3 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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
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 562 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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