Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary

Direct Care Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.03 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a little more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, two in five have medical insurance and one-third receive dental plans. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (83 percent) of Direct Care Workers who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,594 - $39,402
$15K
$23K
$39K
MEDIAN: $23,454
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$8.20 - $13.60
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MEDIAN: $10.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,594 - $39,402  
   
Bonus
$48.72 - $1,216  
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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$17,104 - $31,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.20 - $13.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$11.70 - $19.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$48.72 - $1,216  
   
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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$17,104 - $31,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 765

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Non-Profit Program Manager. The latter position pays an average of $44K annually. Direct Care Workers most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Direct Support Professionals; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

Pay by Experience for a Direct Care Worker (DCW) has a positive trend. An entry-level Direct Care Worker (DCW) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 517 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Direct Care Worker (DCW) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 217 salaries. An experienced Direct Care Worker (DCW) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 163 salaries. A Direct Care Worker (DCW) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 65 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,630

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Fall River offers some of the highest pay in the country for Direct Care Workers, 40 percent above the national average. Direct Care Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), Cincinnati (+13 percent), and Pittsburgh (+7 percent). Direct Care Workers in Houston report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 23 percent less in Baton Rouge and 20 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Direct Care Worker (DCW) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

Experienced
▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$22,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
▲37%

Patient Counseling
▲34%

National Average
$22,000

CPR
▼1%


Customer Service
▼4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 54%