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Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary

Direct Care Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.87 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.97 per hour and $13.27. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Some workers in this field — one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by slightly less than half and dental plans are enjoyed by close to two-fifths. There are far more female Direct Care Workers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,976 - $36,524
(Median)
$14K
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$37K
MEDIAN: $24,980
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$7.97 - $13.27
(Median)
$8
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$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$13,976 - $36,524  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $394.78  
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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$16,636 - $29,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $13.27  
   
Overtime
$11.11 - $19.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $394.78  
   
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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$16,636 - $29,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 579

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Non-Profit Program Manager, where median compensation is $43K annually. Typical career progression for a Direct Care Worker involves becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Social Services Case Manager, roles that pay $1K more and $10K more on average.

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Direct Care Workers report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Counseling can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 39 percent above average.

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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $22K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Direct Care Workers make $23K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
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CPR
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National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 50%
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