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Classroom Assistants: Pay

Question for Department for Education

UIN 856, tabled on 2 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average salary is for teaching assistants in (a) state maintained schools, (b) free schools and (c) academy schools.

Answered on

10 June 2015

The salaries of teaching assistants in all state-funded schools are determined locally; factors such as geographical region, school phase, teaching assistants’ relevant experience, level of responsibilities and local labour market conditions will all influence the salary level. The latest available information in the following table does not take any of these factors into account.

Average annual salary of teaching assistants in state-funded schools in England, November 2013

Average (mean) salary of full and part-time teaching assistants

Number of full and part-time teaching assistants

Local authority maintained schools



Academy schools



Free schools



All schools



Source: School Workforce Census, November 2013


The average salary for each school type has been calculated using the total number of full and part-time teaching assistants for whom salary data was available in those schools.

University Technical Colleges and Studio schools are only included in the all school figures.

13% (48,400) of teaching assistants have been excluded as their full time equivalent salary is outside the range £12,000- £25,000.