Dental Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Dental Assistant"

How much does a Dental Assistant in the federal government get paid? $42,656.33* *Based on the 2016 average.
2,150 EMPLOYEES
$91.63M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Dental Assistant was the 107th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 2,150 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Dental Assistant, with an average salary of $43,293.

Government Dental Assistant jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Dental Assistant job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions the duties of which are to receive and prepare patients for dental treatment; to prepare materials and equipment for use by the dentist; to assist a dentist at chairside or bedside in the treatment of patients; to perform reversible intra-oral procedures under the supervision of the dentist; to perform dental radiography work; and to keep records of appointments, examinations, treatments and supplies. This work requires a practical knowledge of standardized procedures and methods used in dentistry, and skill in the techniques and procedures of dental assistance.

Technical and Medical Support Positions encompass jobs that require specialized, practical knowledge and the ability to perform skilled tasked. However, these skills can often be learned on the job or through training when you are hired. In some cases, certifications are required to qualify. Additional education such as an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree will increase starting grade and lead to promotion. Typically promotions are given 1 grade at a time up to a maximum of GS-9.

Agencies that have hired a Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Dental Assistant is $42,656.33. The highest paid Dental Assistant made $68,417 in 2016.

Common Dental Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Dental Assistant Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,129
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 21

Starting Paygrade: $18,526.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $56,229.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10
Category: Technical and Medical Support
Occupation Family: 0600 MEDICAL, HOSPITAL, DENTAL, AND PUBLIC HEALTH GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Dental Assistant jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Construction Control TechnicalTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
CodingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Meteorological TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Library TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Forestry TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Dental Assistant Pay Trend from 2004 to 2016

In 2004, the average pay for a Dental Assistant was $32,702. Since then, the average pay has increased to $42,656 in 2016.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0681.

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