Teacher's assistants are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, teacher's assistants rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 43% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy teacher's assistants are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Principal
3.5
$98k
Health educator
3.5
$61k
Physical education teacher
3.5
$72k
School counselor
3.5
$61k
Graduate teaching assistant
3.4
$33k
Teacher assistant
3.3
$24k
Nanny
3.3
$27k
Childcare program administrator
3.2
$47k
Education administrator
3.2
$48k
Childcare worker
3.2
$27k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are teacher's assistants happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do teacher's assistants find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as teacher's assistants?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are teacher assistant’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are teacher's assistants making the best use of their abilities?

Are teacher's assistants happy with their salary?

Teacher's assistants rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.7/5. Teacher's assistants tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked teacher's assistants how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

3397 teacher's assistants

5 Star
9%

9% of teacher's assistants rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of teacher's assistants rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of teacher's assistants rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of teacher's assistants rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of teacher's assistants rated their compensation 1 stars

Do teacher's assistants find their jobs meaningful?

On average, teacher's assistants rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.4/5. Unlike many careers, teacher's assistants have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become teacher's assistants.

We asked teacher's assistants how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

3437 teacher's assistants

5 Star
21%

21% of teacher's assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of teacher's assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of teacher's assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of teacher's assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of teacher's assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as teacher's assistants?

Teacher's assistants rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of teacher's assistants find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked teacher's assistants how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.9 out of 5 stars

3777 teacher's assistants

5 Star
32%

32% of teacher's assistants rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
39%

39% of teacher's assistants rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of teacher's assistants rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of teacher's assistants rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of teacher's assistants rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a teacher assistant’s work environment?

As a whole, teacher's assistants rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of teacher's assistants enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a teacher assistant.

We asked teacher's assistants how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

3775 teacher's assistants

5 Star
25%

25% of teacher's assistants rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of teacher's assistants rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of teacher's assistants rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of teacher's assistants rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of teacher's assistants rated their work environment 1 stars

Are teacher's assistants making the best use of their abilities?

Former teacher's assistants on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most teacher's assistants are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked teacher's assistants how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

3775 teacher's assistants

5 Star
15%

15% of teacher's assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of teacher's assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of teacher's assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of teacher's assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of teacher's assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars