How Much Do Graduate Teaching Assistants Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Graduate Teaching Assistants

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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$39460 per year

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$19,880 to $27,080 per year

Entry-level Graduate Teaching Assistants with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $19,880 to $27,080 per year. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Graduate Teaching Assistants to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $* $62,540
Senior (Top 25%) $* $51,000
Middle (Mid 50%) $* $36,250
Junior (Bottom 25%) $* $27,080
No experience (Bottom 10%) $* $19,880

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CT $* $56,630
NY $* $51,910
MA $* $50,000
GA $* $49,560
MD $* $48,970
VT $* $47,250
AZ $* $47,160
DC $* $46,940
IN $* $46,730
ME $* $46,450

* Graduate Teaching Assistants are generally paid on an annual basis not hourly.

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Graduate Teaching Assistant is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Graduate Teaching Assistants are in the states of CT, NY, MA, GA and MD.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $40950 $*
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $39760 $*
Technical and Trade Schools $37840 $*
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training $37330 $*
Junior Colleges $37300 $*
Grantmaking and Giving Services $32110 $*
Educational Support Services $28460 $*
Scientific Research and Development Services $ $*

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