Typical salaries for school employees in 2012 included median earnings of $55,050 for high school teachers and $53,090 for kindergarten and elementary teachers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Teacher assistants in 2013 made a median salary of $24,000.
School counselors in 2012 made a median salary of $53,600, and administrators in 2013 earned a mean salary of $83,170. Considerations that affect the salaries of various school employees include cost of living and education level.
The upper 10 percent of high school teachers made more than $85,690, while the bottom 10 percent pocketed less than $36,930. The upper 10 percent of kindergarten and elementary school teachers made more than $78,230, and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $32,450. Teachers typically work 10-month years with two months off in the summer.
The top percentile of teacher assistants made more than $36,770, and the bottom percentile made less than $17,300. Teacher assistants get paid more in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, San Francisco, Salem, Oregon, and Portland, Maine.
Education administrators in the top 10 percent made more than $127,180, and those in the lowest 10 percent made less than $42,050. Administrators include principals, and duties entail supervising other school employees, managing budgets and setting up protocols for conduct, safety and professional development.