The number of teaching assistants earning more than $300k has more than doubled in just the past five years, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Occupational Therapy.
The latest figures show that from April 2017 to June 2018, the median salary of an assistant teaching assistant was $1.9 million, up from $1 million in the previous quarter.
The median income for a full-time assistant teaching associate is $2.4 million, while the median for a part-time associate teaching assistant is $1,400.
An assistant teaching assistants annual wage is up from the $1m average earned by assistants in the first quarter of 2017.
It is the second consecutive quarter in which the median teaching assistant has seen an increase.
The pay rise has come after the federal government announced it would be phasing out the $2,500-a-week allowance for teachers, which was introduced in 2014 to help alleviate a growing shortage of teaching assistant roles in the private sector.
The move comes amid the country’s biggest shortage of teachers and the shortage of skilled trainees for the education sector. AAP