Dental Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2020
Pay Rates for "Dental Assistant"How much does a Dental Assistant in the federal government get paid? $47,195.51* *Based on the 2020 average.
Dental Assistant was the 104th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 2,194 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Dental Assistant, with an average salary of $48,504.
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.
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
|Agency||Employees Hired||Average Salary|
|Veterans Health Administration||1,733||$48,504.37|
|Indian Health Service||431||$41,691.92|
|Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System||24||$52,254.08|
|Office Secretary Health and Human Services||4||$44,028.50|
|U.S. Coast Guard||1||$47,477.00|
|Immigration and Customs Enforcement||1||$0.00|
Dental Assistant Pay Distribution
The average pay for a Dental Assistant is $47,195.51. The highest paid Dental Assistant made $75,958 in 2020.
Common Dental Assistant Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Dental Assistant Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||2,170|
|GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate||24|
|Starting Paygrade:||$20,172.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$61,227.00 / 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|
|Electronics Technical||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Secretary||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Meteorological Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Library Technician||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Biological Science Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
Average Dental Assistant Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020
In 2004, the average pay for a Dental Assistant was $32,702. Since then, the average pay has increased to $47,196 in 2020.
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