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Direct Support Professional Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Direct Support Professional is $10.04 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Direct Support Professional Salary (?
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$18,580 - $32,164
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $24,570
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Direct Support Professional Salary (?
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$8.36 - $13.32
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$18,580 - $32,164  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $726  
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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$17,877 - $29,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $13.32  
   
Overtime
$11.37 - $18.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $726  
   
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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$17,877 - $29,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 660
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Professional

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

Pay Difference By Location

Fargo
up arrow 43%
New York
up arrow 17%
Buffalo
up arrow 17%
Washington
up arrow 16%
Philadelphia
up arrow 9%
Pittsburgh
up arrow 2%
National Average
$22,000
Phoenix
up arrow 15%
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Direct Support Professional Advice

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

Late-Career
up arrow 18%
Experienced
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$22,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries

Residential
up arrow 4%
National Average
$22,000
Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 38%