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Direct Support Professional Salary

Pay for Direct Support Professionals in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.07 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.33 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $13.30. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. While roughly two in five report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and close to one-half have dental, as well. There are far more female Direct Support Professionals who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Direct Support Professionals. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,828 - $39,044
(Median)
$19K
$25K
$39K
MEDIAN: $25,366
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$8.33 - $13.30
(Median)
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,828 - $39,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $760  
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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$17,887 - $29,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.33 - $13.30  
   
Overtime
$11.22 - $18.86  
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.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $760  
   
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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$17,887 - $29,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 872

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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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There are some Direct Support Professionals — though it's uncommon — that transition into Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, where earnings are an average $36K annually. A more likely transition for Direct Support Professionals is Certified Nurse Assistant or Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP).

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Salaries are easily beat at The Mentor Network, where median pay comes to just $19K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $17K and ending at $26K, range in salary is rather small.


Survey takers who work as Direct Support Professionals typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Residential, Medication Administration, Home Health/Home Care, and CPR are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like CPR.

Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Professional

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


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 $23K on average. Direct Support Professionals who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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.

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Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries

Residential
up arrow 2%

Medication Administration
up arrow 1%

National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 3%

CPR
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

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: 57% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 40%