The average pay for a Direct Care Worker (DCW) is $10.04 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Counseling is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$14,520 - $39,832
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$8.19 - $13.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,520 - $39,832  
   
Bonus
$25.25 - $1,216  
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$17,039 - $31,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.19 - $13.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$11.03 - $19.30  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$25.25 - $1,216  
   
Total Pay (?
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$17,039 - $31,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 754

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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

  • 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.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,657

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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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 37%

National Average
$22,000

CPR
up arrow 2%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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