Teacher Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Teacher Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.75 per hour on average. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. For the most part, Teacher Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although about one-half lack health benefits of any kind, around half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too.

$13,756 - $35,456
$14K
$23K
$35K
MEDIAN: $22,915
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$8.53 - $15.08
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MEDIAN: $10.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,756 - $35,456  
   
Bonus
$48.94 - $1,468  
Total Pay (?
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$16,766 - $32,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,353
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.53 - $15.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$8.54 - $23.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$48.94 - $1,468  
   
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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$16,766 - $32,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,251

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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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Teacher Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Assistant Professors. That role pays $58K per year on average. 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Teacher Assistant


Known for taking on a considerable number of Teacher Assistants, Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, Primrose Schools, and La Petite Academy, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Bright Horizons Child Development Center offers the most; Teacher Assistants earn $24K on average there. Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, Lausd, and Bright Horizons Child Care also offer top salaries for Teacher Assistants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $24K, $23K, and $23K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are La Petite Academy, Inc., Childcare Network, Inc., and Childtime Learning Center. Their employees earn $19K on average.

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Teacher Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Teaching, Oral / Verbal Communication, Special Needs, and teacher assistant are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning, Mathematica, and CPR. The majority of those who know 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.


For Teacher Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $24K. Teacher Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $24K. As Teacher Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $27K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,545

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

Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Teacher Assistants in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Teacher Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Phoenix (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Philadelphia (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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
94 %
Male
6 %

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
6%
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Experience Affects Teacher Assistant Salaries

▲18%

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$23,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Teacher Assistant Salaries

Teaching
▲17%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲16%

Special Needs
▲6%

teacher assistant
▲5%

Associates degree
▲4%


Special Education
▲3%

National Average
$23,000



Bilingual
▼2%

CDA
▼2%


CPR
▼6%

Mathematica
▼6%

Cleaning
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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