Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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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Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
116,520 6.0 % (4) $27,340 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $13,060 $17,370 $25,550 $34,820 $44,370
(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
Colleges and universities 108,750 (4) $27,190
Junior colleges 6,600 (4) $29,530
Scientific research and development services 410 (4) $27,470
General medical and surgical hospitals 250 (4) $31,980
Grantmaking and giving services 230 (4) $28,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Technical and trade schools 60 (4) $47,710
General medical and surgical hospitals 250 (4) $31,980
Junior colleges 6,600 (4) $29,530
Grantmaking and giving services 230 (4) $28,440
Scientific research and development services 410 (4) $27,470

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
New York 21,030 (4) $21,060 0.255%
Indiana 5,370 (4) $30,920 0.188%
Texas 14,840 (4) $29,750 0.160%
Maine 820 (4) $15,890 0.139%
Massachusetts 3,570 (4) $42,710 0.114%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Massachusetts 3,570 (4) $42,710 0.114%
Florida 350 (4) $37,770 0.005%
California (7) (4) $34,020 (7)
Washington 1,430 (4) $33,800 0.056%
Nebraska 1,000 (4) $32,000 0.114%

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
Lincoln, NE MSA 710 (4) $32,920 0.488%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 8,520 (4) $35,690 0.214%
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA 930 (4) $25,890 0.211%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 3,110 (4) $43,260 0.164%
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 790 (4) $19,180 0.151%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Springfield, MA MSA (7) (4) $54,350 (7)
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 3,110 (4) $43,260 0.164%
San Francisco, CA PMSA (7) (4) $40,460 (7)
Bakersfield, CA MSA (7) (4) $38,090 (7)
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 1,130 (4) $36,020 0.102%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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