Direct Support Professional Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Direct Support Professional is $10.03 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Direct Support Professional Total Pay (?
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$19,118 - $32,278
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MEDIAN: $24,748
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Direct Support Professional Total Pay (?
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$8.32 - $13.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$19,118 - $32,278  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $707  
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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$17,832 - $29,838  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 704
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.32 - $13.25  
   
Overtime
$11.01 - $19.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $707  
   
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).
)
$17,832 - $29,838  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 704
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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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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
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New York
up arrow 17%
Washington
up arrow 14%
Philadelphia
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National Average
$22,000
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Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%
Experienced
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$22,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries

Residential
up arrow 3%
National Average
$22,000
Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 3%
Disability Support
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 37%
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