Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

25-1191 Graduate Teaching Assistants

Assist department chairperson, faculty members, or other professional staff members in college or university by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as laboratory research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.

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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)
121,760 5.9 % (4) $26,440 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $12,930 $16,240 $24,570 $33,980 $43,320
(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
Colleges and universities 112,810 (4) $26,260 1 5
Junior colleges 7,690 (4) $28,900 2 3
Scientific research and development services 450 (4) $26,480 3 4
General medical and surgical hospitals 360 (4) $29,400 4 2
Technical and trade schools 70 (4) $41,190 5 1

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Technical and trade schools 70 (4) $41,190 5 1
General medical and surgical hospitals 360 (4) $29,400 4 2
Junior colleges 7,690 (4) $28,900 2 3
Scientific research and development services 450 (4) $26,480 3 4
Colleges and universities 112,810 (4) $26,260 1 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
New York 20,080 (4) $19,950 0.243% 692
Indiana 4,810 (4) $28,950 0.169% 461
Texas 13,000 (4) $29,420 0.141% 431
Massachusetts 3,460 (4) $37,940 0.109% 376
Louisiana 1,670 (4) $16,710 0.090% 645

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Missouri 1,220 (4) $46,620 0.046% 171
Massachusetts 3,460 (4) $37,940 0.109% 376
Washington 1,930 (4) $36,390 0.075% 413
Maryland (6) (4) $31,680 (6) 426
Nebraska 280 (4) $31,070 0.032% 313

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
Bryan-College Station, TX MSA 1,610 (4) $31,880 2.132%
San Diego, CA MSA 4,280 (4) $30,840 0.341%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 8,670 (4) $33,600 0.216%
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR MSA 490 (4) $19,110 0.161%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 3,030 (4) $38,050 0.158%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Oakland, CA PMSA 1,550 (4) $41,410 0.152%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 3,030 (4) $38,050 0.158%
Columbus, OH MSA (6) (4) $35,450 (6)
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 8,670 (4) $33,600 0.216%
Kansas City, MO-KS MSA (6) (4) $32,360 (6)

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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