Graduate Assistant Salary

Graduate Assistants aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $19K annually. Female Graduate Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. A little less than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over one in five collect dental insurance. The majority of Graduate Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$12,405 - $31,181
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$19K
$31K
MEDIAN: $19,068
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$8.91 - $20.07
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MEDIAN: $14.50
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$0$34K
Salary $12,405 - $31,181
Bonus $7,000
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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$13,363 - $34,368
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 57
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.91 - $20.07
Overtime $10.00
Annual Data $0$34K
Bonus $7,000
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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$13,363 - $34,368
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 33

Job Description for Graduate Assistant

Graduate assistants provide support for research projects, often in university settings, and are usually given financial support through a stipend or tuition reimbursement. Graduate assistant positions usually fall under the categories of teaching assistants or research assistants, as they often help university faculty members prepare course materials, post grades, and conduct research.

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Common Career Paths for Graduate Assistant


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Though some Graduate Assistants move into positions like Computer and Information Research Scientist (where the average salary is $95K), this progression is not the norm. Graduate Assistants typically move into roles as Assistant Professors or Postdoctoral Research Associates, and those positions pay $36K more and $20K more, respectively.

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Graduate Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Graduate Assistant?

Graduate Assistant in University Park:
"Great experience, great networking, and great boss."
Pros: I have the opportunity to meet different educators. I work for a great boss who is very supportive and concerned with my education.
Cons: Distance from home, cost of gasoline, and pay is not meet cost of living.

Graduate Assistant in Wichita:
"Good job while in school, little pay."
Pros: Working in a university environment.
Cons: Pay rate.

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Key Stats for Graduate Assistant

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%

Experience Affects Graduate Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
▲31%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Skills That Affect Graduate Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲29%

Microsoft Office
▲11%

Microsoft Excel
▲1%

National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 62%