Teacher Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $10.70 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by around half and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$13,529 - $35,697
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$8.49 - $15.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,529 - $35,697  
   
Bonus
$24.66 - $1,485  
Total Pay (?
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$16,701 - $32,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,323
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.49 - $15.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$8.96 - $22.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$24.66 - $1,485  
   
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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$16,701 - $32,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,121
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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 who advance into the role of an Assistant Professor are fairly uncommon. Assistant Professors on average earn $58K per year. With an annual salary of $25K, Preschool Teacher is the most common role for Teacher Assistants to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Daycare Teacher role — which usually pays $21K — is also typical for Teacher Assistants, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Teacher Assistant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Teacher Assistants include Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, La Petite Academy, Inc., and Tutor Time Learning Centers. Teacher Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Dallas ISD, where the average salary comes to $24K. Teacher Assistants will also find cushy salaries at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc (+$24K), Bright Horizons Child Care (+$23K), and Lausd (+$23K).

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

Popular Skills for Teacher Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Teaching, Special Needs, and Associates degree are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cleaning, Organizing, and Mathematica. 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 many Teacher Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $22K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $24K. Teacher Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $24K. Teacher Assistants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $27K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,497

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

With a pay rate for Teacher Assistants that is 38 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Teacher Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Newark (+32 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia. Workers in Rochester and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less).

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.

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Experience Affects Teacher Assistant Salaries




National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Teacher Assistant Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 16%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 16%

Special Needs
up arrow 11%

Associates degree
up arrow 4%

Spanish Language
up arrow 3%

Special Education
up arrow 3%

Bilingual
0%

National Average
$22,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

CDA
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Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

Activities for Children
up arrow 4%

CPR
up arrow 6%

Mathematica
up arrow 6%

Organizing
up arrow 8%

Cleaning
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 334 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

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