Special Education Paraprofessional Salary
|Salary||$12,812 - $30,328|
|Bonus||$51.52 - $4,818|
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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).)
|$15,260 - $36,025|
|Hourly Rate||$9.76 - $18.16|
|Overtime||$2.50 - $24.91|
|Bonus||$51.52 - $4,818|
|Total Pay (||$15,260 - $36,025|
Job Description for Special Education Paraprofessional
Special education paraeducators act as assistants for the special education teacher, helping them achieve educational goals and helping maintain supervision and care for special needs students. The special education paraeducator acts in a subordinate role to the teacher and is responsible for carrying out curriculum plans according to guidelines constructed and implemented by the teacher. Additionally, they also help the teacher in clerical duties such as grading papers. Other tasks may include assisting with the safety, mentoring, and transportation of special needs students.Read More...
The special education paraeducator must have an interest in special education and helping special needs students. Success in this position requires the patience, emotional maturity, and dedication necessary to help execute teaching plans and oversee students who each have unique needs and challenges.
A high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum necessary for most school systems hiring special education paraprofessionals. This position often requires extensive training in special education programs, which is usually offered by the school and completed after employment begins. Special education paraeducators may be required to update or continue their training as school systems create and introduce new guidelines. Previous experience in childhood education, especially in a special educational capacity, is preferred. The successful applicant must have a strong understanding of basic math and possess strong organizational skills to maintain records as delegated by the special education teacher. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Special Education Paraprofessional Tasks
- Support the education and environment of students with special needs.
- Create and implement games and social events for enriching student development.
- Tutor students directly and document useful information for assessment.
- Coordinate with teachers to enhance instruction and lesson planning.
Common Career Paths for Special Education Paraprofessional
Special Education Paraprofessionals may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Secondary School Special Education Teacher. The latter position pays an average of $44K annually. A common career progression for a Special Education Paraprofessional is to become an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher or an Administrative Assistant. Compared to Special Education Paraprofessionals, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.
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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Paraprofessional
Pay by Experience for a Special Education Paraprofessional has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Education Paraprofessional with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,450 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Education Paraprofessional with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 750 salaries. An experienced Special Education Paraprofessional which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 695 salaries. A Special Education Paraprofessional with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 141 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Special Education Paraprofessionals that is 40 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Special Education Paraprofessionals will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+30 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). Special Education Paraprofessionals in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (14 percent lower) and Warner Robins (13 percent lower).
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