Special Education Assistant Salary

Median pay for Special Education Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.71 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the vast majority of Special Education Assistants (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by just under one-half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,321 - $35,480
$13K
$21K
$35K
MEDIAN: $20,586
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$10.10 - $18.57
$10
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MEDIAN: $13.51
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$0$37K
Salary $13,321 - $35,480
Bonus $512
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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$17,046 - $37,783
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 129
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $10.10 - $18.57
Overtime $3.52 - $24.50
Annual Data $0$37K
Bonus $512
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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$17,046 - $37,783
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 348

Job Description for Special Education Assistant

A special education assistant aids a teacher in a special education class, usually in an elementary, middle, or high school setting. Some classes deal with students who have mental disabilities, while others are children who need help in specific areas such as speech therapy or English as a second language. Sometimes this position involves assisting in a full-time special education classroom. Other times the position involves helping out students in classes where the students will attend for a short period of time in between other classes.

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Special Education Assistant Tasks

  • Institute specialized therapeutic programs for students under the direction of their therapist and/or classroom teacher.
  • Foster positive relationships with families and support student learning by clearly communicating in-class progress and development.
  • Implement behavior intervention policies to ensure classroom safety for students and faculty.
  • Assist teachers in planning and preparation for individual and group classroom activities.
  • Assist students with personal care, hygiene, meals, and drinks.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Assistant


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Special Education Assistants often transition into a Special Education Paraprofessional position. Special Education Paraprofessionals report a slightly lower median income of $23K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Special Education Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Education Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 288 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Education Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Special Education Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 138 salaries. A Special Education Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,771

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

Home to some of the best pay for Special Education Assistants, Minneapolis offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Special Education Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+28 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Madison (+8 percent). Special Education Assistants in Philadelphia earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Special Education Assistant

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Special Education Assistant Salaries

Experienced
▲13%

Late-Career
▲7%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$27,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Special Education Assistant Salaries

Bilingual
▲9%

Disability Support
▲7%


National Average
$27,000

Special Education
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 38%