Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

25-9041 Teacher Assistants

Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher or another professional has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,227,220 1.0 % (4) $19,930 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $12,900 $14,880 $18,660 $23,600 $29,050
(4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 971,640 (4) $19,990 1 17
Child day care services 88,910 (4) $16,890 2 35
Colleges and universities 38,120 (4) $22,960 3 6
Junior colleges 18,500 (4) $23,390 4 5
Individual and family services 16,490 (4) $18,850 5 25

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other amusement and recreation industries 510 (4) $26,640 25 1
Professional and similar organizations 100 (4) $24,480 32 2
State government (OES designation) 2,600 (4) $24,300 12 3
Business, computer and management training 1,570 (4) $23,710 18 4
Junior colleges 18,500 (4) $23,390 4 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Vermont 5,350 (4) $19,450 1.822% 454
New York 136,260 (4) $22,840 1.644% 600
Alaska 4,650 (4) $28,400 1.623% 349
New Hampshire 8,680 (4) $19,080 1.433% 512
Maine 8,340 (4) $22,730 1.404% 441

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 4,650 (4) $28,400 1.623% 349
Nevada 3,800 (4) $25,130 0.360% 445
California 164,500 (4) $23,930 1.138% 584
Oregon 18,870 (4) $23,380 1.216% 508
Washington 29,780 (4) $23,120 1.162% 584

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Glens Falls, NY MSA 1,070 (4) $16,560 2.149%
Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito, TX MSA 2,390 (4) $16,210 2.113%
Visalia-Tulare-Porterville, CA MSA 2,460 (4) $23,490 2.048%
Yuba City, CA MSA 790 (4) $22,790 2.038%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 3,500 (4) $14,920 2.037%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
State College, PA MSA 990 (4) $30,760 1.586%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 6,450 (4) $27,980 0.647%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 1,500 (4) $26,800 1.759%
Portland, ME MSA 1,350 (4) $26,410 0.879%
Ventura, CA PMSA 3,030 (4) $25,340 1.043%

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Hourly wage rates for occupations where workers typically work fewer than 2,080 hours per year are not available.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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