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Nursing Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Nursing Assistant"

How much does a Nursing Assistant in the federal government get paid? $41,195.24* *Based on the 2020 average.

Nursing Assistant was the 23rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 15,480 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Nursing Assistant, with an average salary of $41,218.

Government Nursing Assistant jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Nursing 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 covers positions which involve a variety of personal care, nursing care, or related procedures which do not require (a) the knowledges and skills represented by the licensure of practical and vocational nurses by a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, or (b) fully professional nurse education.

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 Nursing Assistant

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 14,919 $41,218.17
Indian Health Service 438 $40,096.54
Armed Forces Retirement Home 78 $43,705.29
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 24 $45,029.71
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 18 $31,634.82
Department of State 1 $55,479.00
Indian Affairs 1 $37,410.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $45,679.00

Nursing Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Nursing Assistant is $41,195.24. The highest paid Nursing Assistant made $62,184 in 2020.

Common Nursing Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Nursing Assistant Employees
GS - General Schedule 15,454
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 24
CY - Contract Education--school Year 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1

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

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Nursing 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
PurchasingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Production ControlClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Accounting TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Construction Control TechnicalTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Autopsy AssistantTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Nursing Assistant Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Nursing Assistant was $30,364. Since then, the average pay has increased to $41,195 in 2020.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0621.

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