Teacher Assistant Salary Information

The salary statistics of teacher assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of teacher assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The teacher 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. Teacher Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,120
25th Percentile Wage
$20,520
50th Percentile Wage
$25,410
75th Percentile Wage
$31,990
90th Percentile Wage
$38,820

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for teacher assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) teacher assistants is $38,820. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,120. 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 114% 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 teacher assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201625,4102.01%6.97%
201524,9001.89%-
201424,4301.76%-
201324,0001.50%-
201223,640--

Table 2. Teacher Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of teacher assistants in 8 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 teacher assistants occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $30,430. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $22,360).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$30,430
Federal, State, and Local Government
$26,190
Educational Services
$26,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$25,580
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,640
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$23,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,990
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,360

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Teacher Assistants by States

From the above tables we note that not only teacher 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 teacher assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,450 to $38,560. The highest paying state for teacher assistants is Alaska with a median annual salary of $38,560. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $18,450. For more salary information of teacher assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$38,560
Maine
$33,020
District of Columbia
$32,390
Washington
$31,600
California
$31,550
Nevada
$31,260
North Dakota
$30,980
Oregon
$30,230
Minnesota
$30,100
Vermont
$30,050
Connecticut
$29,960
Massachusetts
$29,850
Rhode Island
$29,850
Delaware
$29,790
New Hampshire
$28,980
Wyoming
$28,830
Hawaii
$28,560
Wisconsin
$27,440
Colorado
$27,310
New York
$26,570
Maryland
$26,330
Virgin Islands
$26,330
Virginia
$25,990
Ohio
$25,940
New Jersey
$25,870
Illinois
$25,780
Montana
$25,350
Kentucky
$25,100
Michigan
$24,780
Nebraska
$24,630
Iowa
$24,440
West Virginia
$23,910
Arizona
$23,790
Utah
$23,730
Pennsylvania
$23,560
Florida
$23,190
Missouri
$23,000
Kansas
$22,990
South Dakota
$22,960
North Carolina
$22,680
Indiana
$21,920
New Mexico
$21,790
Texas
$21,630
Idaho
$21,400
Tennessee
$20,670
South Carolina
$20,080
Louisiana
$19,240
Alabama
$19,220
Georgia
$19,170
Arkansas
$18,940
Oklahoma
$18,530
Puerto Rico
$18,470
Mississippi
$18,450


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