Teacher’s aides provide administrative and instructional support to classroom teachers. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40 percent of teacher’s aides work part-time, a factor that impacts how much they get paid. However, even when they work full-time, teacher’s aides generally do not get paid as much as classroom teachers. However, part of the compensation for many of these educators comes when they witness growth in students they support.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2008, the median annual wage for teacher’s aides was $22,200. Salaries for the middle 50 percent of these educators ranged between $17,610 and $28,180 as of the same time period. The bottom 10 percent of teacher’s aides earned $15,340 a year, while the top 10 percent of teacher’s aides earned more than $33,980 a year as of May 2008.
Annual salaries that teacher’s aides earn also depend on the states and regions they are employed in. For example, teacher aides in New York earned annual salaries of $23,000 as of April 2011, while teacher’s aides in Florida made $18,000 a year. Texas also paid its teacher’s aides $18,000 a year, and California paid teacher’s aides $22,000 a year. Teacher’s aides who worked in Wisconsin made an average annual salary of $19,000 a year as of April 2011.
Teacher’s aides who have at least an associate’s degree can earn larger salaries than aides who do not have a college or university degree. Speaking a foreign language and having special education experience also help teacher’s aides to increase their annual salaries. Overall, from 2008 through 2018, jobs for teacher’s aides are expected to grow by 10 percent. The pace is about average compared to the expected growth for jobs across other career fields and industries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
After teacher’s aides get a bachelor’s degree they can apply for a teaching license. The median annual salaries for elementary and secondary teachers was $47,100 as of May 2008, while special education teachers earned a median annual wage of $50,020 as of May 2008.
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.
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