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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

25-9044 Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary

Assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing instructional support activities, such as developing teaching materials, leading discussion groups, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate students who teach one or more full courses should be classified in the 25-1000 minor group.


National estimates for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary
Industry profile for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary
Geographic profile for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary

National estimates for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
138,740 2.3 % (4) $ 39,460 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 19,880 $ 27,080 $ 36,250 $ 51,000 $ 62,540
  (4)

Industry profile for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 123,030 4.06 (4) $ 39,760
Junior Colleges 12,440 1.82 (4) $ 37,300
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,250 0.87 (4) $ 32,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 980 0.02 (4) $ 40,950
Technical and Trade Schools 670 0.54 (4) $ 37,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 123,030 4.06 (4) $ 39,760
Junior Colleges 12,440 1.82 (4) $ 37,300
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,250 0.87 (4) $ 32,110
Technical and Trade Schools 670 0.54 (4) $ 37,840
Educational Support Services 70 0.04 (4) $ 28,460

Top paying industries for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 980 0.02 (4) $ 40,950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 123,030 4.06 (4) $ 39,760
Technical and Trade Schools 670 0.54 (4) $ 37,840
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (8) (8) (4) $ 37,330
Junior Colleges 12,440 1.82 (4) $ 37,300


Geographic profile for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

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





States with the highest employment level in Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 21,820 1.33 1.33 (4) $ 36,370
Michigan 14,830 3.78 3.79 (4) $ 40,530
Florida 14,610 1.73 1.74 (4) $ 38,130
Texas 11,000 0.91 0.91 (4) $ 35,330
New York 9,830 1.13 1.13 (4) $ 51,910




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 14,830 3.78 3.79 (4) $ 40,530
Hawaii 1,500 2.61 2.62 (4) $ 44,950
Connecticut 3,700 2.40 2.41 (4) $ 56,630
Maryland 5,670 2.25 2.25 (4) $ 48,970
Arkansas 2,480 2.11 2.11 (4) $ 23,220




Top paying states for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 3,700 2.40 2.41 (4) $ 56,630
New York 9,830 1.13 1.13 (4) $ 51,910
Massachusetts 2,870 0.86 0.86 (4) $ 50,000
Georgia 2,100 0.49 0.49 (4) $ 49,560
Maryland 5,670 2.25 2.25 (4) $ 48,970





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ann Arbor, MI 12,020 57.72 57.87 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,830 0.89 0.89 (4) $ 52,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,590 1.13 1.13 (4) $ 36,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,540 1.83 1.84 (4) $ 48,860
Gainesville, FL 3,930 28.73 28.81 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,570 0.82 0.82 (4) $ 39,610
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,480 2.48 2.49 (4) $ 38,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,150 1.06 1.06 (4) $ 45,890
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,020 1.21 1.21 (4) $ 36,150
Tallahassee, FL 2,890 17.04 17.08 (8) (8)




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ann Arbor, MI 12,020 57.72 57.87 (8) (8)
Gainesville, FL 3,930 28.73 28.81 (8) (8)
College Station-Bryan, TX 2,690 24.80 24.86 (4) $ 41,350
Tallahassee, FL 2,890 17.04 17.08 (8) (8)
Madison, WI 2,170 5.67 5.68 (4) $ 40,710
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,820 5.13 5.14 (4) $ 56,690
Urban Honolulu, HI 1,470 3.56 3.56 (4) $ 45,000
Salt Lake City, UT 2,230 3.08 3.09 (4) $ 47,420
Columbus, OH 2,730 2.66 2.67 (4) $ 42,420
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,480 2.48 2.49 (4) $ 38,530




Top paying metropolitan areas for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ithaca, NY 80 1.77 1.77 (4) $ 66,380
Springfield, MA-CT 120 0.41 0.41 (4) $ 58,070
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 57,120
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,820 5.13 5.14 (4) $ 56,690
Toledo, OH 100 0.37 0.37 (4) $ 55,700
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 100 0.28 0.28 (4) $ 54,990
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 720 0.37 0.37 (4) $ 53,370
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.22 0.22 (4) $ 52,320
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,830 0.89 0.89 (4) $ 52,170
New Haven, CT 360 1.32 1.33 (4) $ 51,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 620 4.11 4.12 (4) $ 28,150
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 310 3.09 3.10 (4) $ 30,460
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 270 1.79 1.79 (4) $ 51,630
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 220 1.75 1.75 (4) $ 33,350
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 140 1.04 1.04 (4) $ 37,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 620 4.11 4.12 (4) $ 28,150
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 310 3.09 3.10 (4) $ 30,460
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 270 1.79 1.79 (4) $ 51,630
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 220 1.75 1.75 (4) $ 33,350
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 140 1.04 1.04 (4) $ 37,700

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 270 1.79 1.79 (4) $ 51,630
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 41,860
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 0.47 (4) $ 40,330
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 140 1.04 1.04 (4) $ 37,700
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 130 0.81 0.82 (4) $ 37,480


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021