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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
121,290 0.5 % (4) $ 41,170 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,730 $ 29,670 $ 38,040 $ 49,010 $ 62,260
  (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 104,070 3.49 (4) $ 41,150
Junior Colleges 14,640 2.36 (4) $ 41,750
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,020 0.73 (4) $ 38,360
Technical and Trade Schools 620 0.47 (4) $ 32,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 350 0.01 (4) $ 45,550

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 104,070 3.49 (4) $ 41,150
Junior Colleges 14,640 2.36 (4) $ 41,750
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,020 0.73 (4) $ 38,360
Technical and Trade Schools 620 0.47 (4) $ 32,260
Educational Support Services 150 0.08 (4) $ 32,760

Top paying industries for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 60 (7) (4) $ 46,040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 350 0.01 (4) $ 45,550
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (8) (8) (4) $ 42,620
Junior Colleges 14,640 2.36 (4) $ 41,750
Other Schools and Instruction 280 0.07 (4) $ 41,580


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.



Map of employment of teaching assistants, postsecondary by state, May 2021


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 16,840 1.02 1.18 (4) $ 43,330
New York 15,080 1.74 2.02 (4) $ 49,480
Michigan 13,170 3.24 3.77 (4) $ 42,880
Texas 9,310 0.76 0.88 (4) $ 27,250
Illinois 6,170 1.10 1.28 (4) $ 38,050


Map of location quotient of teaching assistants, postsecondary by state, May 2021


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 13,170 3.24 3.77 (4) $ 42,880
Connecticut 3,780 2.40 2.79 (4) $ 58,110
Maryland 5,070 1.99 2.31 (4) $ 52,210
Utah 2,930 1.88 2.19 (4) $ 46,490
New York 15,080 1.74 2.02 (4) $ 49,480


Map of annual mean wages of teaching assistants, postsecondary by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 40 0.13 0.15 (4) $ 59,850
Connecticut 3,780 2.40 2.79 (4) $ 58,110
Maryland 5,070 1.99 2.31 (4) $ 52,210
Georgia 1,440 0.33 0.38 (4) $ 51,670
New York 15,080 1.74 2.02 (4) $ 49,480



Map of employment of teaching assistants, postsecondary by area, May 2021


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 11,110 55.14 64.05 (4) $ 43,860
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,430 1.20 1.40 (4) $ 52,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,800 1.19 1.38 (4) $ 40,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,050 1.72 2.00 (4) $ 51,220
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,600 0.85 0.99 (4) $ 36,690
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,230 1.25 1.45 (4) $ 45,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,040 0.85 0.98 (4) $ 24,500
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,010 1.57 1.83 (4) $ 40,780
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,790 5.12 5.95 (4) $ 59,560
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,490 1.79 2.08 (4) $ 46,810


Map of location quotient of teaching assistants, postsecondary by area, May 2021


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 11,110 55.14 64.05 (4) $ 43,860
College Station-Bryan, TX 1,490 13.14 15.26 (4) $ 23,830
Bangor, ME 560 8.99 10.45 (4) $ 48,710
Madison, WI 2,180 5.78 6.71 (4) $ 42,770
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,790 5.12 5.95 (4) $ 59,560
Baton Rouge, LA 1,730 4.71 5.47 (4) $ 36,370
Bloomington, IL 260 3.07 3.56 (4) $ 35,620
Salt Lake City, UT 2,170 2.92 3.39 (4) $ 50,320
Auburn-Opelika, AL 140 2.41 2.80 (4) $ 44,840
Syracuse, NY 670 2.40 2.79 (4) $ 49,880


Map of annual mean wages of teaching assistants, postsecondary by area, May 2021


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)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,790 5.12 5.95 (4) $ 59,560
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 130 0.34 0.39 (4) $ 59,380
Reno, NV 80 0.33 0.38 (4) $ 57,420
Springfield, MA-CT 140 0.46 0.53 (4) $ 55,990
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 54,490
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 460 0.22 0.25 (4) $ 53,400
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 490 0.99 1.15 (4) $ 52,790
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,430 1.20 1.40 (4) $ 52,630
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 650 0.61 0.71 (4) $ 52,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,050 1.72 2.00 (4) $ 51,220

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 630 6.73 7.81 (4) $ 35,120
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.82 2.11 (4) $ 34,350
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.23 1.43 (4) $ 42,600
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.63 0.73 (4) $ 35,160
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 150 0.49 0.57 (4) $ 23,750

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 630 6.73 7.81 (4) $ 35,120
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.82 2.11 (4) $ 34,350
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.23 1.43 (4) $ 42,600
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 130 0.98 1.14 (4) $ 41,340
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.98 1.13 (4) $ 29,300

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.32 (4) $ 45,430
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.20 (4) $ 44,620
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.23 1.43 (4) $ 42,600
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.20 (4) $ 42,220
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 0.33 (4) $ 41,990


About May 2021 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022