Teacher Assistant Salary
Most Teacher Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.81 per hour. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. For the most part, Teacher Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately half lack coverage. On the flip side, slightly less than one-half have medical insurance and around one in three receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$13,914 - $34,838|
|Bonus||$51.71 - $1,454|
|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).)
|$16,890 - $32,016|
|Hourly Rate||$8.59 - $15.10|
|Overtime||$9.04 - $22.89|
|Bonus||$51.71 - $1,454|
|Total Pay (||$16,890 - $32,016|
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
- 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
Though it's uncommon, some Teacher Assistants move into roles as Assistant Professors, where pay is an average $58K per year. As Teacher Assistants progress in their field, many go on to become Preschool Teachers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $25K per year. Another common career choice for Teacher Assistants is to move into a Daycare Teacher role. Typically, Daycare Teachers get paid $21K.
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. 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. Other leaders in compensation levels 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. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, all showing salaries around $19K.
Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant
Teacher Assistants seem to wield many 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 5 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning, Mathematica, and CPR. Those educated in Activities for Children tend to be well versed in 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
For Teacher Assistants, Washington provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Teacher Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Austin (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (7 percent less) and Indianapolis (6 percent less).
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