Get a Salary Report for



- Compare Your Salary
- Evaluate a Job Offer


- Price a New Hire
- Give a Raise



- Benchmark Jobs
- Create a Comp Plan

Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary (United States)

For Direct Care Workers, hourly wages usually total $9.73 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.90 per hour, and the top verges on $13.09. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than two-fifths are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by one-half and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$14,363 - $34,490
(Median)
14K
20K
24K
29K
34K
MEDIAN: $23,973
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px
Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$7.90 - $13.09
(Median)
7
11
13
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data

 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,363 - $34,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $393.76  
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).
)
$16,574 - $28,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.90 - $13.09  
   
Overtime
$11.25 - $19.42  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $393.76  
   
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).
)
$16,574 - $28,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 494
Is Direct Care Worker (DCW) your job title? Get a personalized salary report!
Location:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
Years in Field/Career:
United States (change)

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.
Read More...
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)

Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px   Copy and paste this HTML:
Direct Care Workers may go on to top-notch roles like Non-Profit Program Manager, where median pay is $43K annually. Direct Care Workers typically move into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Social Services Case Managers, and those positions pay $1K more and $10K more, respectively.

Home Health Aide Job Listings

Search for more jobs:
job title / company
location

Survey results show that Direct Care Workers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Counseling, Oral / Verbal Communication, and CPR are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 6 percent, and 3 percent, respectively.

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 who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $21K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $22K on average. For Direct Care Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $22K. As Direct Care Workers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average sum in this group is $24K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

Cincinnati
up arrow 17%
New York
up arrow 15%
Houston
up arrow 13%
Philadelphia
up arrow 4%
National Average
$21,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Direct Care Workers in Cincinnati receive some of the highest pay in the country. Direct Care Workers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent) and Houston (+13 percent).

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.

Related Job Salaries

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid
Job Title:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
United States (change)
- OR -

Experience Affects Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%
Experienced
up arrow 5%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$21,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 40%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%
CPR
up arrow 3%
National Average
$21,000
Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied Image
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 45%