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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Graduate Teaching Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,970
25th Percentile Wage
$20,180
50th Percentile Wage
$32,460
75th Percentile Wage
$45,860
90th Percentile Wage
$58,450

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 $58,450. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $32,460. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,970. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 225% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of graduate teaching assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$32,460
-5.48% 3.67%
2016
$34,240
10.02% -
2015
$30,810
-2.47% -
2014
$31,570
5.13% -
2013
$29,950
-4.41% -
2012
$31,270
- -

Table 2. Graduate Teaching Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of graduate teaching assistants in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for graduate teaching assistants occupations is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector with an annual salary $47,810. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $27,460).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$47,810
Educational Services
$32,460
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,660
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,630
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,460

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 $17,870 to $55,280. The highest paying state for graduate teaching assistants is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $55,280. The lowest paying state is Tennessee with a median annual salary of $17,870. For more salary information of graduate teaching assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Massachusetts
$55,280
Washington
$52,090
Ohio
$47,030
Utah
$46,650
Maryland
$46,280
Nebraska
$45,040
Wyoming
$44,490
West Virginia
$44,320
Oregon
$44,300
Mississippi
$42,880
Hawaii
$40,720
Pennsylvania
$39,440
Arizona
$38,860
Illinois
$38,390
Indiana
$37,860
Kansas
$36,840
New York
$36,560
Colorado
$36,240
Puerto Rico
$36,120
Virginia
$35,540
Minnesota
$35,110
Wisconsin
$34,960
North Dakota
$34,430
New Jersey
$34,340
California
$34,130
North Carolina
$33,720
Missouri
$32,540
South Dakota
$31,750
South Carolina
$31,740
Vermont
$30,820
Texas
$29,540
Michigan
$29,270
Louisiana
$27,510
Iowa
$26,600
Montana
$23,840
Maine
$22,180
Idaho
$21,980
Kentucky
$20,930
Connecticut
$20,020
Nevada
$19,140
New Mexico
$19,110
Arkansas
$19,070
Oklahoma
$19,050
Georgia
$18,690
Florida
$18,530
Rhode Island
$18,120
Alabama
$17,980
Tennessee
$17,870



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