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Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary

Direct Care Workers in the United States take home approximately $9.77 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $7.94 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $13.03. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by close to one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by about two in five. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Direct Care Workers (81 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$14,270 - $36,976
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MEDIAN: $24,965
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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.

Common Career Paths for Direct Care Worker (DCW)


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Direct Care Workers may go on to top-notch roles like Non-Profit Program Manager, where median pay 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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Direct Care Workers who took the survey. Fortunate workers who know Counseling command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 40 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $21K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $22K. Direct Care Workers bring in $22K after working for 10 to 20 years. Direct Care Workers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $23K.

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
up arrow 3%

National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

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%