Teaching assistants

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2019 Workforce
1.38M
Average Age
41.2
Average Salary
$22,151
Average Male Salary
$25,578
Average Female Salary
$21,482

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Teaching assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Teaching assistants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Teaching assistants, by average wage, is Administration of human resource programs. Teaching assistants are paid most in Seminole County (North Central) PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Spring Valley, Suffern Villages & Monsey PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$22,151
AVERAGE SALARY
± $466

In 2019, Teaching assistants earned an average of $22,151, $33,373 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Parking lot attendants make somewhat more than Teaching assistants while Graders & sorters, agricultural products make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Teaching assistants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.383
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Teaching assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.383, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Teaching assistants (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Teaching assistants.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Teaching assistants

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Teaching assistants.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Teaching assistants, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Child day care services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Teaching assistants, by average wage, are Administration of human resource programs, Business, technical & trade schools and training, and Construction.

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Industries by Share

1.38M
2019 Workforce
± 28,709
11.6%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.71%

The number of people employed as Teaching assistants has been growing at a rate of 11.6%, from 1,236,895 people in 2018 to 1,379,945 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Teaching assistants employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of Teaching assistants at  76.6%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 10.7% and Child day care services with 9.73%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Teaching assistants in the US. The average age of male Teaching assistants in the workforce is 34.2 and of female Teaching assistants is 42.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Teaching assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

225k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 11,644
1.15M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 26,281

83.7% of Teaching assistants are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Teaching assistants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Teaching assistants
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

58.9% of Teaching assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.9% of Teaching assistants, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Teaching assistants.

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Age by Gender

34.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.737
42.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.342

The median age of Teaching assistants is 41.2, and Male employees are generally 8.29 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Teaching assistants from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Teaching assistants is Education but a relatively high number of Teaching assistants hold a major in Human Sciences.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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