Median annual earnings of teacher assistants in May 2004 were $19,410. The middle 50 percent earned between $15,410 and $24,320. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $13,010, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $29,220.
Full-time workers usually receive health coverage and other benefits. Teacher assistants who work part time ordinarily do not receive benefits.
In 2004, about 3 out of 10 teacher assistants belonged to unionsmainly the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Associationwhich bargain with school systems over wages, hours, and the terms and conditions of employment.