Direct Support Professional Salary (United States)

Direct Support Professionals in the United States pull down an average of $10.04 per hour. Pay starts at $8.36 per hour and can approach $13.32 on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Some workers in this field—38 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Direct Support Professionals—the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Direct Support Professional Salary (?
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$18,580 - $32,164
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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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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$18,580 - $32,164  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $726  
Total Pay (?
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$17,877 - $29,846  
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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  
PayScale
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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While not commonly seen, Direct Support Professionals who transition into a Non-Profit Program Coordinator position may earn an additional $14,074 per year. However, it's more common for Direct Support Professionals to move into roles as Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)s or Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP)s.

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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.
Direct Support Professionals do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $21K—can reach $23K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $26K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Direct Support Professionals encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $26K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 13 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$22,000
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For Direct Support Professionals, working in the bustling city of Fargo has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. New York, Buffalo, Washington, and Philadelphia are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Direct Support Professionals earning around 17 percent, 17 percent, 16 percent, and 9 percent more than average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 15 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$22,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries

Residential
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National Average
$22,000
Home Health/Home Care
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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%
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