A Teacher Assistant earns an average wage of $10.15 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Special Needs is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Teacher Assistant Total Pay (?
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$13,399 - $33,514
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MEDIAN: $20,716
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Teacher Assistant Total Pay (?
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$7.92 - $14.78
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,399 - $33,514  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $575  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,428  
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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$15,610 - $31,484  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.92 - $14.78  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $575  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,428  
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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$15,610 - $31,484  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,697
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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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Teacher Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Experience Affects Teacher Assistant Salaries

National Average
$21,000

Skills That Affect Teacher Assistant Salaries

Special Needs
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English Language
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Special Education
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National Average
$21,000
Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
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Spanish Language
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Activities for Children
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Gender
Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 47%
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