Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary

For Direct Care Workers, hourly average wages total $9.86 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.97 per hour and $13.15. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women account for the majority of Direct Care Workers who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, a little less than half have medical insurance and two in five receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$14,122 - $37,426
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$14K
$25K
$37K
MEDIAN: $24,693
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$7.97 - $13.15
(Median)
$8
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$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,122 - $37,426  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $393.39  
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 - $29,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $13.15  
   
Overtime
$11.11 - $19.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $393.39  
   
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 - $29,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 564

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Non-Profit Program Manager. The average Non-Profit Program Manager brings home $43K per year. 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.

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Direct Care Workers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Counseling can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 39 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $22K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Direct Care Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $22K. Direct Care Workers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
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CPR
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National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 50%