Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
1,234,030 0.9 % (4) $20,220 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $12,880 $15,060 $19,000 $24,090 $29,560
(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 981,620 (4) $20,220 1 18
Child day care services 86,470 (4) $17,150 2 35
Colleges and universities 36,100 (4) $23,960 3 5
Junior colleges 18,970 (4) $24,500 4 3
Individual and family services 16,380 (4) $19,390 5 23

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Educational support services 4,790 (4) $25,640 10 1
State government (OES designation) 2,600 (4) $24,700 13 2
Junior colleges 18,970 (4) $24,500 4 3
Business, computer and management training 1,690 (4) $24,400 18 4
Colleges and universities 36,100 (4) $23,960 3 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 5,790 (4) $19,970 1.994% 463
New York 137,850 (4) $23,090 1.669% 651
New Hampshire 9,200 (4) $19,350 1.522% 561
Alaska 4,400 (4) $28,760 1.505% 387
Maine 8,660 (4) $23,030 1.470% 492

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 4,400 (4) $28,760 1.505% 387
Nevada 3,900 (4) $25,290 0.366% 488
California 168,600 (4) $24,580 1.162% 615
Oregon 19,380 (4) $23,890 1.257% 531
Washington 30,900 (4) $23,810 1.206% 625

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
Yuba City, CA MSA 900 (4) $22,390 2.392%
Elmira, NY MSA 860 (4) $17,410 2.193%
Glens Falls, NY MSA 1,060 (4) $17,050 2.121%
Flagstaff, AZ-UT MSA 1,110 (4) $15,490 2.054%
Binghamton, NY MSA 2,300 (4) $20,710 2.053%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
State College, PA MSA 1,030 (4) $32,540 1.612%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 6,740 (4) $30,440 0.691%
Portland, ME MSA 1,490 (4) $26,180 0.962%
Ventura, CA PMSA 2,830 (4) $26,030 0.963%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 56,930 (4) $25,940 1.416%

About May 2003 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) 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.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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