The average rate for a Direct Support Professional is $10.00 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Direct Support Professional Total Pay (?
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$19,064 - $32,198
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MEDIAN: $24,518
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Direct Support Professional Total Pay (?
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$8.27 - $13.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$19,064 - $32,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $712  
Total Pay (?
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$17,763 - $29,700  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 676
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.27 - $13.09  
   
Overtime
$11.14 - $19.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $712  
   
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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$17,763 - $29,700  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 676
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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.
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
New York
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Washington
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$22,000
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Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 15%
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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Disability Support
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Gender
Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 38%
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