Teacher's aides, also known as teacher assistants, provide much-needed support to classroom teachers. By employing aides, teachers can spend more time focusing on important areas, such as teaching and lesson plans. Teacher's aides also take on clerical tasks, including organizing and labeling materials; grading papers; and recording grades. Aides may also supervise students, provide individual tutoring or help students with special needs. The specific tasks of a teacher's aide depends on the where they are employed. For example, elementary school teacher's aides may have duties that are different from college-level teacher's aides. Learn about a the average salary of teacher's aides.
The mean annual wage, or average salary, for teacher assistants was $24,280, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009.
The PayScale website lists the starting salary of teacher assistants. In October 2010, teacher assistants with less than one year of experience earned anywhere from between $16,607 to $29,021.
Elementary and secondary schools employed the largest number of teacher assistants with almost a million teacher assistants and an average salary of $24,500, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other industries that employed large numbers of teacher assistants were: child day care services, $20,480; colleges, universities and professional schools, $28,840; individual and family care services, $22,450; and junior colleges, $28,560.
On the other hand, colleges, universities and professional schools paid the highest average salary above all other industries to teacher assistants with $28,840, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other industries that offered high pay were: junior colleges, $28,560; the state government, $27,600; technical and trade schools, $26,580; and other schools and instruction, $25,870.
Alaska paid the highest average salary above all other states to teacher assistants with $35,290, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other states that offered high pay were: California, $29,840; Rhode Island, $29,280; Washington, $28,890; and Connecticut, $28,600.
2016 Salary Information for Teacher Assistants
Teacher assistants earned a median annual salary of $25,410 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, teacher assistants earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,520, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,990, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 1,308,100 people were employed in the U.S. as teacher assistants.