Direct Support Professional Salary
|Salary||$17,545 - $49,533|
|Bonus||$100.29 - $2,517|
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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).)
|$18,311 - $32,228|
|Hourly Rate||$8.70 - $13.82|
|Overtime||$12.53 - $20.79|
|Bonus||$100.29 - $2,517|
|Total Pay (||$18,311 - $32,228|
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.Read More...
Most direct support professionals do not work in a centralized location and make regular visits to clients' homes. However, in some cases, direct support professionals may report to a specific building in which several residents need their services. Although direct support professionals typically work during regular business hours, help outside of these hours may be required unexpectedly (such as in emergencies). As most direct support professionals are employed by contractors, many support professionals may need to report their activities to their employer, a care home manager, and/or clients' families. For this reason, direct support professionals must have excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for direct support professionals, as is daily access to a vehicle. Additional qualifications - and previous experience in the field of patient care and disability services - are often preferred.
Direct Support Professional Tasks
- 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.
- Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Direct Support Professional
Direct Support Professionals who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Direct Support Professional
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Direct Support Professionals include The Mentor Network, Rescare, Inc, Ahrc Nyc, Yai/Nipd, and Rescare Homecare. Those at Keystone Human Services Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $32K. Yai/Nipd, Ahrc Nyc, and The Mentor Network also offer top salaries for Direct Support Professionals. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $26K, $25K, and $21K, respectively.
Also approaching the lower end are RHA Health Services, Inc., Community Options, Inc., and Rescare, Inc, each paying $20K.
Popular Skills for Direct Support Professional
Direct Support Professionals seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Medication Administration, First Aid, Safety Compliance, and DSP are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Documentation, Transport, and CPR Certified. It is not unusual for someone who knows Cleaning to be familiar with Home Health/Home Care as well.
Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Professional
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Direct Support Professionals — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $22K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $24K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $25K in this role. As Direct Support Professionals reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $28K.
Pay Difference by Location
Direct Support Professionals in Washington, Philadelphia, and New York — all eastern cities in the United States — make more than the national average for those in this profession. They also represent the three highest-paid locations for Direct Support Professionals in this country. The lowest-paying market is Memphis, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Bloomington (10 percent lower) and Cincinnati (8 percent lower).
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