The average wage for a Direct Care Worker (DCW) is $10.04 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Counseling and Patient Counseling.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,466 - $39,402  
   
Bonus
$25.34 - $1,208  
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$17,095 - $31,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.21 - $13.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$11.30 - $19.18  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$25.34 - $1,208  
   
Total Pay (?
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$17,095 - $31,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 771

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Job Description for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

Direct care workers (DCWs) provide hands-on, generally long term for patients; these patients may include older adults, patients with chronic diseases, and others who require regular direct care. the elderly, disease patients, and other chronic conditions. Direct care workers can generally be divided into two main categories: those that provide home-based care in clients' homes, and those that provide community-based care in organizations such as assisted living facilities. These professionals perform a number of duties in their day-to-day work, such as wrapping bandages on patients, administering IVs, administering medication, and assisting with cleaning when the patient is unable. In all tasks, direct care workers must maintain patient confidentiality and follow all organizational rules.

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Direct Care Worker (DCW) 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 Worker (DCW)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,567

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Direct Care Worker (DCW) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Direct Care Worker (DCW)?

Direct Care Worker (DCW) in Detroit:
"Health Care Business."
Pros: Be there to support the clients on their up and down days because they really depend on someone caring and being considerate to their everyday problems and issues.
Cons: Working too many hours.

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Key Stats for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 38%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 35%

National Average
$22,000

CPR
up arrow 1%


Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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