Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary (United States)

Direct Care Workers in the United States typically take home $9.73 per hour. Pay begins at $7.90 per hour on the low end and climbs to $13.09 near the top. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field—about half—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by 42 percent. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary (?
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$14,363 - $34,490
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MEDIAN: $23,973
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Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary (?
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$7.90 - $13.09
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,363 - $34,490  
   
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$0.00 - $393.76  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$16,574 - $28,938  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.90 - $13.09  
   
Overtime
$11.25 - $19.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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$0.00 - $393.76  
   
Total Pay (?
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).
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$16,574 - $28,938  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 494
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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
  • 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.
  • Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

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Direct Care Workers may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Non-Profit Program Manager position may earn an additional $22K per year. Direct Care Workers most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Social Services Case Managers, where they can expect an extra $1,414 or $10,054 per year.

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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.
Direct Care Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Starting at around $21K, salaries see a boost to $22K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $22K. Though minimal, Direct Care Workers continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $24K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—most of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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Houston
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$21,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Direct Care Workers, Cincinnati offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Direct Care Workers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent) and Houston (+13 percent).

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Experience Affects Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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CPR
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National Average
$21,000
Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 45%
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