The average Direct Support Professional in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.57 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by just under a half. Most Direct Support Professionals like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,545 - $49,533
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MEDIAN: $28,289
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$8.70 - $13.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,545 - $49,533  
   
Bonus
$100.29 - $2,517  
Total Pay (?
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$18,311 - $32,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $13.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03  
Overtime
$12.53 - $20.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$100.29 - $2,517  
   
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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$18,311 - $32,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,975

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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

  • 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


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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 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

National Average: $23,105

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

Direct Support Professional Reviews

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

Direct Support Professional in Staten Island:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: I like that my job is flexible and theirs growth within the company. Mostly the importance are my guys and they are the ones who brighten up my day.
Cons: Coordination can be a bit overwhelming at times along with communication towards the employees.

Direct Support Professional in Washington:
"Awesome & Needed."
Pros: The response from my client and how they look forward to my presence for any assistance.
Cons: Severe behavior issues, abuse stories and mis handling of our more physically challenged adults or children.

Direct Support Professional in Kansas City:
"Not too bad."
Pros: Health insurance available. Can pick up extra hours. Can go out with clients out to eat, take part in events. You get to help and make a difference in someone's life who needs it.
Cons: Hard to change schedules. Coworkers slack on the job. Vacation time is small. It is hard to have a schedule that makes study and work possible. Can become stressful.

Direct Support Professional in Quincy:
"Working family."
Pros: The family like staff and boss. Feeling like I have people to talk to about personal problems.
Cons: The pay could be better or larger. Sometimes it is an emotionaly draining and I get burnt out if I work five or six days in a row.

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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 245 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries

Medication Administration
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First Aid
up arrow 6%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%



CPR
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DSP
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Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Problem Solving
up arrow 1%


Assisted Living
up arrow 4%

Residential
up arrow 4%

CPR Certified
up arrow 5%

Transport
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Documentation
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 245 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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