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Old 05-15-2016, 04:44 AM
 
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What is the average hourly wage for paraprofessionals in your school. How about benefits?


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Old 05-24-2016, 07:57 AM
 
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I believe an average salary for a para is $25000-$30000.
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Paras start at $10/hour. They have a weak Union, so get few benefits and even fewer raises.
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In my district, it is based on education. A HS diploma gets about $11/hour. A Bachelor's (no matter the field) grabs $18/hour.
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I don't know what the hourly wage is, but I think we make around $10/hour. We have to have 60 college hours to qualify for the job, but payment is not influenced by education. You do get a little bit more the longer you are there.

It works out to something like $13,000/year, before taxes and insurance.

There are some places around here where paras start out at less than $10,000/year. It depends on the school.

We do get a pretty good deal on insurance, but that varies by school as well.


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Paras in our school make $13,611 per year. They are getting a much-deserved raise next year to $15,561 - still ridiculous. They have to have either an associates degree or a certain number of hours and have to pass a test. The paras here have a husband who makes the living and they work this job because they have the same hours/days as their children or just for spending money. Not that they aren't good - most are - but people can't afford to work this job if they have to support a family. Some also work mainly to provide insurance coverage for the family and the retirement plan.
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Paras in our school make around $10 per hour, which is no where near what they deserve. They get $300 paid toward their insurance, but the insurance costs their whole check anyway. Most of our paras are working on their teacher certifications and are excellent at their jobs.
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In my district in Wisconsin, paras get somewhere between $13 and $15 per hour (depending on the type of para).

Like another commenter said, most of us are just working to provide insurance for the family, or for some extra cash to supplement a husband. It is very difficult to live off this wage.

I am a single mom so I struggle with it constantly, I could look for a different type of job but then my schedule wouldn't be the same as my son and I would have to pay for day care...
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All employees got a 4 percent increase in my district. However, I'm still only making $14,720 a year. My para friend who has 28 years of teaching experience and her teaching license only got 1 percent raise for every year of service, which really isn't all that much considering her experience. We are also bound by the law of no overtime and can only make extra money if we work sports games.
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I'm in CO. Our paras make somewhere between $12-17 per hour. The $17 is only for a few paras that work in the most difficult jobs, like in the severe behavior needs program. They do get paid sick days and health insurance (I assume it's the same insurance as ours, which is a crappy high deductible plan). The COL in my area is very high and I can barely keep up as a teacher with a master's degree. A para's salary is certainly not a livable wage if you're single and on your own.


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I am half time teacher (Chemistry, Physics and Adaptive Science) and half time para.
During my para hours, I am paid $8.39/hour. That is the para wage regardless of experience or education. The half and half does make me eligible for district paid insurance. Our full time paras could NOT make ends meet without a second job (or 2).
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