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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
137,500 2.8 % (4) $36,460 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $18,950 $24,570 $32,080 $47,370 $59,480
  (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 125,500 4.06 (4) $36,560
Junior Colleges 9,180 1.29 (4) $35,150
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,150 0.80 (4) $31,640
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 720 0.01 (4) $40,010
Technical and Trade Schools 540 0.40 (4) $43,040

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 125,500 4.06 (4) $36,560
Junior Colleges 9,180 1.29 (4) $35,150
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,150 0.80 (4) $31,640
Technical and Trade Schools 540 0.40 (4) $43,040
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 40 0.05 (4) $35,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Technical and Trade Schools 540 0.40 (4) $43,040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 720 0.01 (4) $40,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 125,500 4.06 (4) $36,560
Other Schools and Instruction 60 0.01 (4) $36,520
Junior Colleges 9,180 1.29 (4) $35,150


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)
California 23,920 1.38 1.47 (4) $35,080
Florida 14,480 1.65 1.76 (4) $29,080
Michigan 13,810 3.18 3.40 (4) $36,900
Texas 9,530 0.77 0.82 (4) $37,410
New York 9,310 0.98 1.04 (4) $45,040




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)
Michigan 13,810 3.18 3.40 (4) $36,900
Maryland 6,120 2.27 2.42 (4) $47,530
Arkansas 2,690 2.21 2.36 (4) $21,240
New Mexico 1,720 2.09 2.24 (4) $26,580
Connecticut 3,190 1.92 2.05 (4) $55,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 2,940 0.81 0.87 (4) $57,050
Connecticut 3,190 1.92 2.05 (4) $55,500
Washington 820 0.25 0.27 (4) $51,370
Maryland 6,120 2.27 2.42 (4) $47,530
Utah 2,340 1.56 1.66 (4) $45,620





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)
Ann Arbor, MI 8,780 39.20 41.87 (4) $42,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,620 1.38 1.48 (4) $34,070
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,670 0.69 0.74 (4) $45,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,000 1.57 1.68 (4) $48,110
Gainesville, FL 4,000 28.25 30.17 (8) (8)
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 3,380 15.61 16.68 (4) $24,670
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,150 0.67 0.72 (4) $38,330
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,110 2.08 2.22 (4) $37,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,030 0.99 1.06 (4) $44,800
College Station-Bryan, TX 2,840 25.24 26.96 (4) $40,940




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)
Ann Arbor, MI 8,780 39.20 41.87 (4) $42,630
Gainesville, FL 4,000 28.25 30.17 (8) (8)
College Station-Bryan, TX 2,840 25.24 26.96 (4) $40,940
Tallahassee, FL 2,830 16.22 17.33 (8) (8)
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 3,380 15.61 16.68 (4) $24,670
Madison, WI 2,130 5.40 5.76 (4) $36,430
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,570 4.40 4.70 (4) $55,690
Salt Lake City, UT 2,090 2.84 3.03 (4) $47,470
Syracuse, NY 830 2.70 2.88 (4) $40,230
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,180 2.62 2.79 (4) $34,510




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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) (4) $59,650
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 570 0.28 0.30 (4) $57,670
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,770 0.99 1.06 (4) $57,330
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,570 4.40 4.70 (4) $55,690
Worcester, MA-CT 140 0.47 0.50 (4) $53,050
Springfield, MA-CT 50 0.15 0.16 (4) $49,950
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 300 0.53 0.57 (4) $48,470
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 290 0.52 0.56 (4) $48,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,000 1.57 1.68 (4) $48,110
Salt Lake City, UT 2,090 2.84 3.03 (4) $47,470

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)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 1,020 10.44 11.15 (4) $21,610
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 220 1.40 1.50 (4) $49,940
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 200 2.53 2.71 (4) $18,640
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 0.59 0.63 (4) $18,510
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.87 0.93 (4) $36,420

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)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 1,020 10.44 11.15 (4) $21,610
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 200 2.53 2.71 (4) $18,640
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 220 1.40 1.50 (4) $49,940
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.94 1.00 (4) $19,260
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.88 0.94 (4) $41,780

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)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 220 1.40 1.50 (4) $49,940
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.39 0.42 (4) $43,070
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.88 0.94 (4) $41,780
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.28 (4) $41,200
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.87 0.93 (4) $36,420


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020