Direct Care Provider Salary
The average pay for a Direct Care Provider is $10.36 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
|Salary||$15,011 - $51,651|
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$17,965 - $31,712|
|Hourly Rate||$8.45 - $13.84|
|Overtime||$9.92 - $21.36|
|Total Pay (||$17,965 - $31,712|
Job Description for Direct Care Provider
A direct care provider works with individuals who may be elderly or have developmental delays, and will generally have multiple clients whom they visit on a regular basis. The hours for this position vary, so it is important to have a flexible schedule.Read More...
A direct care provider should be in touch with each client on a daily basis, either in-person or via phone. Duties to be carried out generally include transportation, cooking, and teaching skills for independence. When safety hazards are identified, the direct care provider will help resolve the situation. If there are changes in behavior or health, those in this position should be able to refer the client to a doctor or other medical entity.
Direct care providers will also help clients engage in social activities such as meeting with friends, going out for dinner, or participating in community activities. The focus should be to increase social skills, independence, and self esteem in clients, all while making sure they are in the best health possible. Often, individuals will have multiple direct care providers, so it is important that they communicate with one another to make sure the client’s needs are addressed.
A valid driver’s license is usually necessary. There are many part-time and full-time positions available. Many positions require a minimum of a high school diploma while others will prefer some college experience.
Direct Care Provider Tasks
- Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
- Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
- Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
- Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
- Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
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Pay by Experience Level for Direct Care Provider
Pay by Experience for a Direct Care Provider has a positive trend. An entry-level Direct Care Provider with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 199 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Direct Care Provider with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 95 salaries. An experienced Direct Care Provider which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 62 salaries. A Direct Care Provider with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 21 salaries.
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