Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary

Direct Care Workers in the United States take home approximately $10.16 per hour on average. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Direct Care Workers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 83 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a little more than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,290 - $40,036
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$24K
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MEDIAN: $24,345
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$8.26 - $13.55
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$0$40K
Salary $15,290 - $40,036
Bonus $49.66 - $1,370
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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$17,228 - $31,743
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 66
Hourly Data $0$18
Hourly Rate $8.26 - $13.55
Hourly Tips $0.83
Overtime $11.66 - $18.93
Annual Data $0$31K
Bonus $49.66 - $1,370
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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$17,228 - $31,743
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 759

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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.

Common Career Paths for Direct Care Worker (DCW)


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At the upper end, Direct Care Workers who move into a Non-Profit Program Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Non-Profit Program Managers is a much higher $44K per year. A Direct Care Worker may also move into a role as a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Direct Support Professional.

Direct Care Worker (DCW) Job Listings

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: $22,044

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

Home to some of the best pay for Direct Care Workers, Fall River offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Direct Care Workers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), and Pittsburgh (+5 percent). Direct Care Workers in Houston report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 29 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Baton Rouge and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (24 percent lower and 22 percent lower, respectively).

Direct Care Worker (DCW) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Direct Care Worker (DCW)?

Direct Care Worker (DCW) in Norristown:
"Checking the ratio."
Pros: Hummm thats a good question. The medical benefits.
Cons: They dont care about the clients, they really could care less about the staff, been assulted twice individual remains in the house. Lacks team work compassion, and poor communication do not get paid for every hour im here with them but I cant leave.Through it all I try to keep my stress levels low because its not my life.

Direct Care Worker (DCW) in Kansas City:
"None."
Pros: None.
Cons: The hard work with little pay.

Direct Care Worker (DCW) in Houston:
"It's Hard Work."
Pros: Helping others to function in the community.
Cons: The low pay is what I like the least.

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 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
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
▲20%

Experienced
▲5%

▼0%

National Average
$22,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
▲35%

Patient Counseling
▲32%

National Average
$22,000

CPR
▼3%


Customer Service
▼6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 53%
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