Direct Support Professional Salary

Average Direct Support Professionals in the United States make around $10.29 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and one-half have dental, too. Most Direct Support Professionals like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (81 percent) of Direct Support Professionals who took the survey are female. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,639 - $40,428
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$18K
$26K
$40K
MEDIAN: $25,788
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$8.52 - $13.61
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,639 - $40,428  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $808  
Profit Sharing
$225.00  
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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$18,033 - $30,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.52 - $13.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.96  
Overtime
$11.79 - $20.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $808  
   
Profit Sharing
$225.00  
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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$18,033 - $30,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,545
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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.

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Direct Support Professionals who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. A Certified Nurse Assistant or a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator is a typical transition from a Direct Support Professional role.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Keystone Human Services Inc. offers the most; Direct Support Professionals earn $28K on average there.

Pay for Direct Support Professionals is the lowest at The Mentor Network, which has a median salary of $20K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $28K.


Survey results imply that Direct Support Professionals deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, DSP, Cleaning, and Disability Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Documentation and CPR.

Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Professional

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


Direct Support Professionals with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $24K. On average, Direct Support Professionals make $25K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $26K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Direct Support Professional Reviews

What is it like working as a Direct Support Professional?

Direct Support Professional in Staten Island:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: I like that my job is flexible and theirs growth within the company. Mostly the importance are my guys and they are the ones who brighten up my day.
Cons: Coordination can be a bit overwhelming at times along with communication towards the employees.

Direct Support Professional in Washington:
"Awesome & Needed."
Pros: The response from my client and how they look forward to my presence for any assistance.
Cons: Severe behavior issues, abuse stories and mis handling of our more physically challenged adults or children.

Direct Support Professional in Kansas City:
"Not too bad."
Pros: Health insurance available. Can pick up extra hours. Can go out with clients out to eat, take part in events. You get to help and make a difference in someone's life who needs it.
Cons: Hard to change schedules. Coworkers slack on the job. Vacation time is small. It is hard to have a schedule that makes study and work possible. Can become stressful.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%


National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 18%

DSP
up arrow 13%

Cleaning
up arrow 8%


Medication Administration
up arrow 1%

Problem Solving
up arrow 1%

Transport
0%

National Average
$22,000

Residential
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

CPR Certified
up arrow 2%

CPR
up arrow 4%

Documentation
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 240 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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