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Direct Support Professional Salary

Median pay for Direct Support Professionals in the United States is around $10.03 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.34 per hour and $13.18. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and one-half have dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Direct Support Professionals (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$18,225 - $35,745
(Median)
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36K
MEDIAN: $24,852
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$8.34 - $13.18
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$18,225 - $35,745  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $690  
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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$17,899 - $29,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.34 - $13.18  
   
Overtime
$11.06 - $18.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $690  
   
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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$17,899 - $29,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 742
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Job Description for Direct Support Professional

Direct support professionals perform a number of tasks to aid people with disabilities, providing encouragement and instructions on specific tasks the individuals struggle with due to their disabilities. Most direct support professionals are expected to document their interactions with clients - as well as any changes they notice - so the care team may learn and develop strategies. Often, they communicate with external parties on issues related to the client's care. For example, some clients may be unable to talk on the phone; direct support professionals may help provide solutions for those clients and work with caretakers and loved ones as necessary.

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Direct Support Professional 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 Support Professional


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It's not very common for Direct Support Professionals to move on to become Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators. Average pay for a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator is $36K annually. A more common career path for Direct Support Professionals is stepping into the role of Certified Nurse Assistant or Qualified Mental Retardation Professional.

Direct Support Professional Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as Direct Support Professionals typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Residential, Medication Administration, and Home Health/Home Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Professional

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $21K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $23K. On average, Direct Support Professionals make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Direct Support Professional Reviews

What is it like working as a Direct Support Professional?
Direct Support Professional in Quincy:
"Working family."
Pros: The family like staff and boss. Feeling like I have people to talk to about personal problems.
Cons: The pay could be better or larger. Sometimes it is an emotionaly draining and I get burnt out if I work five or six days in a row.
What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Direct Support Professional in Sioux Falls:
"That You Get Beat Up At Times."
Check into how much training you get before you take the job and ask about the policy when people get violent.
Direct Support Professional in Toledo:
"Stress, Levels, Responsibilities."
Be prepared for anything and everything. T0here are things they don't tell you to expect.

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Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries

Residential
up arrow 4%

Medication Administration
0%

National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 38%