Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

25-1191 Graduate Teaching Assistants

Assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions 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 teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed. Excludes "Teacher Assistants" (25-9041).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

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)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
120,160 3.0 % (4) $33,030 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $17,490 $19,500 $31,270 $42,050 $54,480
(4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 117,260 4.04 (4) $32,900
Junior Colleges 2,040 0.27 (4) $37,160
Technical and Trade Schools 120 0.08 (4) $30,300

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 117,260 4.04 (4) $32,900
Junior Colleges 2,040 0.27 (4) $37,160
Technical and Trade Schools 120 0.08 (4) $30,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 2,040 0.27 (4) $37,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 117,260 4.04 (4) $32,900
Technical and Trade Schools 120 0.08 (4) $30,300


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 16,970 1.60 1.74 (4) $34,240
Michigan 9,800 2.50 2.71 (4) $36,220
Illinois 8,800 1.56 1.69 (4) $26,910
Georgia 8,430 2.21 2.39 (4) $19,370
California 7,640 0.53 0.58 (4) $43,210




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 5,690 3.54 3.83 (4) $35,520
Hawaii 1,600 2.73 2.96 (4) $30,480
Michigan 9,800 2.50 2.71 (4) $36,220
New Mexico 1,920 2.48 2.69 (4) $31,610
West Virginia 1,650 2.32 2.52 (4) $18,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 1,220 0.68 0.74 (4) $45,090
Minnesota 1,260 0.48 0.52 (4) $43,980
Kentucky 590 0.34 0.36 (4) $43,890
California 7,640 0.53 0.58 (4) $43,210
Massachusetts 2,460 0.77 0.83 (4) $41,610





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,210 1.97 2.14 (4) $37,910
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 4,860 5.98 6.48 (4) $37,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,310 1.41 1.53 (4) $41,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,650 0.68 0.74 (4) $43,470
College Station-Bryan, TX 2,180 23.45 25.43 (4) $36,980
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,580 2.27 2.46 (4) $43,790
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,570 1.25 1.35 (4) $30,490
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,400 0.82 0.89 (4) $44,320
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.26 0.28 (4) $35,560
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,120 0.89 0.96 (4) $29,940




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
College Station-Bryan, TX 2,180 23.45 25.43 (4) $36,980
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 4,860 5.98 6.48 (4) $37,380
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 770 2.58 2.79 (4) $57,980
Lafayette, IN 210 2.42 2.62 (4) $36,740
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,580 2.27 2.46 (4) $43,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,210 1.97 2.14 (4) $37,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,310 1.41 1.53 (4) $41,090
Richmond, VA 830 1.39 1.51 (4) $19,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,570 1.25 1.35 (4) $30,490
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 950 1.18 1.28 (4) $28,180




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 770 2.58 2.79 (4) $57,980
Jackson, MS 140 0.57 0.62 (4) $50,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 650 0.37 0.40 (4) $50,220
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 170 0.41 0.44 (4) $45,470
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,400 0.82 0.89 (4) $44,320
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,580 2.27 2.46 (4) $43,790
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $43,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,650 0.68 0.74 (4) $43,470
Baton Rouge, LA 70 0.19 0.20 (4) $43,010
Columbus, OH 560 0.62 0.67 (4) $41,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 590 4.63 5.02 (4) $30,540
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 430 2.50 2.71 (4) $21,690
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 250 11.24 12.19 (4) $44,550
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 230 1.06 1.15 (4) $39,820
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 2.24 2.43 (4) $19,150

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 250 11.24 12.19 (4) $44,550
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 590 4.63 5.02 (4) $30,540
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 430 2.50 2.71 (4) $21,690
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 2.24 2.43 (4) $19,150
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 1.12 1.21 (4) $21,130

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 250 11.24 12.19 (4) $44,550
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 230 1.06 1.15 (4) $39,820
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.98 1.06 (4) $31,640
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 590 4.63 5.02 (4) $30,540
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $24,610


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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