Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary

Direct Care Workers in the United States take home an average $9.89 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.01 per hour and $13.22. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — close to one-half — do not have any health coverage, just over two-fifths do receive medical benefits and two in five have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,068 - $39,298

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$8.01 - $13.22

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,068 - $39,298  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $382.50  
Total Pay (?
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$16,710 - $29,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.01 - $13.22  
   
Overtime
$11.12 - $19.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $382.50  
   
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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$16,710 - $29,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 633
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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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While not commonly seen, Direct Care Workers who transition into a Non-Profit Program Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Non-Profit Program Managers is $43K per year. It is quite typical for Direct Care Workers to transition into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Social Services Case Managers, where reported median earnings are $1K and $10K higher per year.

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Direct Care Workers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Counseling can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 39 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $21K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $22K. On average, Direct Care Workers make $23K following one to two decades on the job. Direct Care Workers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Direct Care Workers, New York provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Direct Care Workers will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+14 percent) and Pittsburgh (+9 percent). Detroit is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent.

Direct Care Worker (DCW) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 39%

CPR
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National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 51%
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