Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary

Direct Care Workers in the United States take home an average $9.89 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.00 per hour to $13.24. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. While some workers in this profession — approximately half — do not have any health coverage, more than two-fifths do receive medical benefits and about two in five have dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$14,020 - $38,668
(Median)
$14K
$25K
$39K
MEDIAN: $25,125
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$8.00 - $13.24
(Median)
$8
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,020 - $38,668  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $347.50  
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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$16,690 - $29,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $13.24  
   
Overtime
$11.08 - $19.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $347.50  
   
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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$16,690 - $29,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 625
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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 who advance into the role of a Non-Profit Program Manager are fairly uncommon. Non-Profit Program Managers on average earn $43K per year. 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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Counseling command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 38 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Direct Care Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $21K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $22K. Direct Care Workers see a median salary of $23K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $24K.

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
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Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 38%

CPR
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National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

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: 50%
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