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Graduate Teaching Assistant Salary Information

The salary statistics of graduate teaching assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of graduate teaching assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The graduate teaching assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Graduate Teaching Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,340
25th Percentile Wage
$24,310
50th Percentile Wage
$34,240
75th Percentile Wage
$44,740
90th Percentile Wage
$55,080

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for graduate teaching assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) graduate teaching assistants is $55,080. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $34,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,340. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 200% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of graduate teaching assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201634,24010.02%8.67%
201530,810-2.47%-
201431,5705.13%-
201329,950-4.41%-
201231,270--

Table 2. Graduate Teaching Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of graduate teaching assistants in 1 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$34,260

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Graduate Teaching Assistants by States

From the above tables we note that not only graduate teaching assistants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of graduate teaching assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,240 to $51,200. The highest paying state for graduate teaching assistants is Washington with a median annual salary of $51,200. The lowest paying state is Florida with a median annual salary of $18,240. For more salary information of graduate teaching assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$51,200
Nebraska
$45,040
Illinois
$44,810
West Virginia
$44,270
Ohio
$44,200
Kansas
$42,830
Hawaii
$42,770
Maryland
$42,620
Oregon
$42,400
Michigan
$41,950
South Carolina
$41,340
Indiana
$39,710
Massachusetts
$39,640
New York
$37,350
Colorado
$36,540
Oklahoma
$36,530
Idaho
$36,040
Virginia
$35,540
Pennsylvania
$35,280
Minnesota
$35,110
North Dakota
$34,430
New Jersey
$34,340
California
$32,820
Missouri
$32,260
Puerto Rico
$31,780
Tennessee
$31,730
Texas
$30,610
Wisconsin
$30,510
Iowa
$25,800
Montana
$23,610
Maine
$22,240
Louisiana
$21,260
Kentucky
$20,930
Georgia
$19,480
New Mexico
$19,270
Arkansas
$18,390
Florida
$18,240


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