Teacher Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Teacher Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.34 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.17 per hour on the lower side but can approach $14.98 on the higher side. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Slightly less than one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$13,578 - $35,557
(Median)
$14K
$23K
$36K
MEDIAN: $22,711
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$8.17 - $14.98
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,578 - $35,557  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $491.56  
Profit Sharing
$12.00  
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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$16,279 - $32,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.17 - $14.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48  
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $491.56  
   
Profit Sharing
$12.00  
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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$16,279 - $32,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,257
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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 $57K annually. The most common promotion for Teacher Assistants is Preschool Teacher, a position that typically pays $24K annually. Another standard transition for Teacher Assistants seeking advancement is to assume a Daycare Teacher role, where pay is often $21K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Teacher Assistant


Head Start, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, La Petite Academy, Inc., KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and YMCA are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Teacher Assistants. Teacher Assistants flock to Dallas ISD for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $24K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Lausd, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, and Bright Horizons Child Care, where earnings of $23K, $23K, or $23K are standard for Teacher Assistants.

Childtime Learning Center offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $17K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $15K to $21K. The Learning Experience, La Petite Academy, Inc., and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $18K, $18K, and $20K.

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Survey results suggest that Teacher Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Special Needs and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 28 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bilingual, Mathematica, and Activities for Children. Those proficient in Activities for Children are, more often than not, 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 many Teacher Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $23K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $24K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $25K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,893

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

Home to some of the best pay for Teacher Assistants, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Teacher Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Newark (+35 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), New York (+17 percent), and St. Louis (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 5 percent below the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

Teacher Assistant Reviews

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.

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.

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Experience Affects Teacher Assistant Salaries




National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Teacher Assistant Salaries

Special Needs
up arrow 28%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 28%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

Associates degree
up arrow 1%

National Average
$22,000

Special Education
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

Activities for Children
up arrow 3%

Mathematica
up arrow 4%

Bilingual
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 509 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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