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Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Direct Care Worker (DCW) is $9.77 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Counseling is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary (?
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$14,270 - $36,976
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MEDIAN: $24,965
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Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary (?
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$7.94 - $13.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,270 - $36,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $385.10  
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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$16,631 - $29,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $13.03  
   
Overtime
$11.26 - $19.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $385.10  
   
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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$16,631 - $29,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 536
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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.

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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

New York
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Pittsburgh
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Cincinnati
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Houston
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$21,000
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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

Late-Career
up arrow 9%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
Experienced
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National Average
$21,000

Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 40%
CPR
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National Average
$21,000
Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%
Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 48%