What Salary to Expect as a Teacher Aide

By Shannon C , last updated November 26, 2011

Working as a teacher aide can be a rewarding profession whether you choose to enter the field as a full-time or a part-time professional. You may get a job title as a teacher's assistant or a teacher's aide, but these two titles refer to the same job function. It can be helpful and important to know the average salary to expect as a teacher aide before you decide to enter the profession. While not the most lucrative job, there can be many valuable benefits and perks that come along with working part-time or full-time as a teacher aide that can greatly increase the compensation value of your employment. Learn what salary to expect as a teacher aide and decide if this is the right profession for you.

As a teacher aide working full or part time, you can expect to earn between $15,000 and $20,000. The number of hours you work per week as well as what type of educational institution you are employed by can greatly influence your average salary. On average, private educational institutions and schools will offer a higher salary than public schools and institutions. Additionally, certain states simply offer professionals in the teaching profession better compensation, so where you live will affect how much your average salary range will be. Approximately 10 percent of professionals who are working as a teacher’s aide or teacher’s assistant earn in the 30,000’s range, while those just starting out may earn in the low teens.

If you work full-time, you will likely receive health care and other retirement benefits, and these benefits can greatly increase the value of your overall compensation package. If you work part-time as a teacher’s assistant or aide, however, you will likely not receive any perks or benefits, so this can be a consideration in deciding what level of employment to pursue in the teaching field. Additionally, because salaries in the teaching profession can vary by as much as $20,000 for the same-level job from state to state, it is a good idea to research what you can expect to earn as a teacher's aide in your state of residence. Your salary will also change if you belong to a teaching union such as the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) or National Education Association (NEA), which offers its members greater bargaining power in terms of set wages for all union workers. Your salary upon average can be up to 25 percent higher than a non-unionized teacher's aide if you are a union member.

It can also be possible to start out as a part-time or full-time teacher’s aide and then use the aide's salary you receive to help you go back to school and get your teacher certification or a Master's degree in education. This can be a very smart way to increase your salary range over time, as depending on the state you live in, you can make $60,000 median salary as a full-fledged teacher, and receive full benefits, including retirement planning, health care, and a pension when you retire.

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