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How much does a part-time teacher make in California?

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How much does a part-time teacher make in California?

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in May 2019 the median annual wage for teacher assistants was $27,920, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $18,940, and the highest 10 percent earning more than $43,040.

The median annual wages for teacher assistants in the top industries in May 2019 were:

  • Elementary and secondary schools; local $28,520
  • Elementary and secondary schools; private $27,700
  • Child day care services $24,680

Some teacher assistants work part time. Many do not work during the summer, but some work in year-round schools or assist teachers in summer school.

California had the highest employment level for teaching assistants in the nation at 163,260, with an annual mean wage of $36,200.

Employment of teacher assistants is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. Teacher assistants' job opportunities are usually dependent on school districts' budgets. Schools tend to reduce teacher assistant positions rather than teacher positions when there is a budget deficit.

For more information about becoming a teacher assistant, check out this article: Teaching Assistant: Job Description, Duties & Salary

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