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Teacher assistants made an average salary of $25,310 in 2012, according to the BLS. The highest earners raked in more than $36,680, while the lowest earners brought home less than $17,180. Colleges, universities and professional schools compensate teacher assistants the best, and the highest earners in the field work in Fairbanks, Alaska, State College, Pa., and Anchorage, Alaska.

Job Salary Year
2004 $20,620.00
2006 $22,180.00
2008 $23,950.00
2010 $25,320.00
2012 $25,310.00

Average Teacher Assistant Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

With an average income of $25,310 in 2012, teacher assistant earned less than many other social services employees. Preschool teachers ($30,750), child and family social workers ($45,300), elementary school teachers ($56,130), school counselors ($56,170) and middle school teachers ($56,280) all surpass teacher assistants in salary.

Job Name Salary
Speech-Language Pathologist $69,870.00
School Counselor $53,610.00
Middle School Teacher $53,430.00
Elementary School Teacher $53,400.00
Child and Family Social Worker $41,530.00
Teacher Assistant $23,640.00

Best Paying Cities for Teacher Assistants

The highest paid in the teacher assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of Fairbanks, Alaska, State College, Pa., and Anchorage, Alaska. The Salem, Ore. area also pays well, as does the city of New Bedford, Mass.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Average Salary: $38,410 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a teacher assistant working in Fairbanks, Alaska is $38,410, which is $14,770 more than the average pay in the profession.

State College, Pa.

Average Salary: $38,250 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a teacher assistant working in State College, Pa. is $38,250, which is $14,610 more than the average pay in the profession.

Anchorage, Alaska

Average Salary: $36,090 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a teacher assistant working in Anchorage, Alaska is $36,090, which is $12,450 more than the average pay in the profession.

Salem, Ore.

Average Salary: $34,390 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a teacher assistant working in Salem, Ore. is $34,390, which is $10,750 more than the average pay in the profession.

New Bedford, Mass.

Average Salary: $33,570 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a teacher assistant working in New Bedford, Mass. is $33,570, which is $9,930 more than the average pay in the profession.

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