Direct Support Professional Salary

Direct Support Professionals in the United States pull down an average of $10.78 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Some workers in this field — just over two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over a half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,569 - $51,264
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$28K
$51K
MEDIAN: $28,331
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$8.84 - $13.90
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$0$51K
Salary $17,569 - $51,264
Bonus $100.11 - $2,782
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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$18,613 - $32,792
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 205
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.84 - $13.90
Hourly Tips $0.03
Overtime $12.72 - $20.67
Annual Data $0$32K
Bonus $100.11 - $2,782
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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$18,613 - $32,792
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,126

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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

  • Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Administer or supervise self-administration of medication.
  • Foster increased community and social integration.
  • Support the development of behavioral and social skills.
  • Provide assistance with daily tasks including personal care, transportation, health maintenance, and household chores.

Common Career Paths for Direct Support Professional


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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 Direct Support Professional often moves on to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator.

Direct Support Professional Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Direct Support Professional


Many Direct Support Professionals can be found at The Mentor Network, Rescare, Inc, Ahrc Nyc, Rescare Homecare, and Rescare Home Care, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Yai/Nipd — the median salary there is $30K. Direct Support Professionals can also look forward to large paychecks at Keystone Human Services Inc. ($29K), Danville Services Corp ($27K), and Devereux ($26K).

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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Assisted Living, Medication Administration, First Aid, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Documentation, Transport, and CPR Certified. Those with knowledge of Cleaning tend to be skilled in Home Health/Home Care as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Professional

Pay by Experience for a Direct Support Professional has a positive trend. An entry-level Direct Support Professional with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 1,410 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Direct Support Professional with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 601 salaries. An experienced Direct Support Professional which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 366 salaries. A Direct Support Professional with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 98 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,515

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Eastern cities like Washington, New York, and Philadelphia are lucrative areas for Direct Support Professionals, where pay is higher than the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Direct Support Professionals in Memphis earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Bloomington and Cincinnati (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Direct Support Professional Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Direct Support Professional?

Direct Support Professional in Los Angeles:
"Its rewarding because you're assisting clients that can't he."
Pros: That I've helped the client out and a smile that wasn't there is now there. Rewarding.
Cons: The feeling of being over looked for all the hours and work Thats done above and beyond for the clients.

Direct Support Professional in West Seneca:
Pros: The folks I take care of.
Cons: That I cant bring my children to work.

Direct Support Professional in Cincinnati:
"Flexibility."
Pros: Being there for the client, flexibility.
Cons: Supervisor not acting on concerns.

Direct Support Professional in Bartlesville:
"Good."
Pros: I love the people I support and the staff.
Cons: I don't think we get paid enough.

Direct Support Professional in Los Angeles:
Pros: It's rewarding to help people daily.
Cons: I would like to be paid more for my position.

Direct Support Professional in New York:
"Exciting."
Pros: The individuals that I support and encourage.
Cons: Mandatory meeting every first of the month.

Direct Support Professional in West Greenwich:
"Under paid in Rhode Island."
Pros: I like the people I help.
Cons: Poor management, the manager is stretched thin and choses not to work in the two homes on the provided shifts. Has said that he/she likes to do her other programs. Uses the other programs to be busy in and needs to get to know the residents like the last manager did.

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Key Stats for Direct Support Professional

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 325 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

▲17%

▲6%

▲4%

National Average
$24,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries


Medication Administration
▲7%

First Aid
▲6%

Safety Compliance
▲3%

▲1%


CPR
▼0%

DSP
▼0%

National Average
$24,000

Counseling
▼1%


Problem Solving
▼3%

Residential
▼6%

CPR Certified
▼6%

Transport
▼10%

Documentation
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 325 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 42%
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