Teacher Assistant

Average Teacher Assistant Salary Nationwide

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Overview and Basic Information


As a teaching assistant, you’ll support classroom teachers in a preschool or a K-12 school. You might do some actual teaching, grading and lesson planning. Ever heard the saying, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch?” It definitely applies to this job because you’ll probably be keeping your eye on kids even during your lunch break.

To be successful at this job you have to, you know, actually like kids. This might be very difficult for assistant teachers in middle school, because, really, who likes 7th-graders? About 40% of teacher assistants work part-time. And almost all of them work a traditional 9 or 10-month school year. Can we get an “amen” for summers off?

Example teacher assistant job description

We are currently looking for a friendly and competent teacher’s assistant to join our team. If you are a caring and enthusiastic person who’s interested in educating kids, we’d love for you to apply! You’ll be responsible for creating lesson plans, prepping lesson materials, supervising students and maintaining classroom cleanliness. You must enjoy working with children and be devoted to building an encouraging and safe learning environment.

Typical duties include:

  • Assist teachers with lesson prep by getting needed materials ready and setting up equipment

  • Help teachers create lesson plans

  • Help teachers execute lessons

  • Supervise students during non-classroom times such as between classes, during lunch and on field trips.

  • Document student progress

  • Comply with state, school and class rules and regulations

  • Attend training classes, parent conferences and faculty meetings

  • Ensure the classroom environment is safe and clean


  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or relevant field preferred

  • A minimum of 2 years experience as a teaching assistant or similar

  • Understanding of classroom activities and teaching best practices

  • Must have a compassionate and positive attitude

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Common questions about teacher assistant jobs

How much does a teacher assistant make?

The average hourly pay for teaching assistants is around $15 an hour, but it will depend on your experience and location. For example, daycare assistants will be paid less than someone who works in a middle school. Teacher’s aides with a lot of experience can expect to earn up to $16 per hour.

What are the education requirements?

Many teacher assistants just need a high school diploma or GED and on-the-job training. But an associate’s degree or courses in child development could lead to more job opportunities.


Career paths for teacher assistants

To climb the teaching career ladder, you’ll need additional education and work experience—especially if you only have a high school diploma. Some school districts offer to repay tuition expenses to help you earn your bachelor’s degree and get your teaching license. The degree and license will allow you to move into a teaching position. But keep in mind that you could end up owing the school some amount of time teaching there to return the favor.

The future of teacher assistants

According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), job opportunities are actually pretty good. They’re expected to grow about 8% from 2016-26. Kids have to learn, so job opportunities will always be available if you’ve got the right training, or if you focus on special education or English as a second language (ESL).

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