Direct Support Professional Salary

Earnings for Direct Support Professionals in the United States come in at around $10.69 per hour on average. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Some workers in this field — roughly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by just under one-half. Most Direct Support Professionals like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$17,376 - $51,546
$17K
$28K
$52K
MEDIAN: $28,376
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$8.78 - $13.88
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MEDIAN: $10.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$17,376 - $51,546  
   
Bonus
$100.45 - $2,718  
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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$18,448 - $32,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.78 - $13.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.30  
Overtime
$12.70 - $20.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$100.45 - $2,718  
   
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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$18,448 - $32,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,090

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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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For Direct Support Professionals, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $56K annually. Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator is a common transition from a Direct Support Professional role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Direct Support Professional


The Mentor Network, Rescare, Inc, Ahrc Nyc, Rescare Homecare, and Rescare Home Care, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Direct Support Professionals. Yai/Nipd offers the largest salaries in town — $30K on average. Other big spenders include Keystone Human Services Inc., Danville Services Corp, and Devereux, top-paying firms where Direct Support Professionals see paychecks nearing $29K, $27K, or $26K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are RHA Health Services, Inc., Community Options, Inc., and Rescare, Inc. Their employees earn $20K on average.

Popular Skills for Direct Support Professional


Survey takers working as Direct Support Professionals report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Assisted Living, Medication Administration, First Aid, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Documentation, Transport, and CPR Certified. Competency in Cleaning frequently indicates knowledge of Home Health/Home Care.

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: $23,334

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

Direct Support Professionals in search of higher pay head east. Washington, New York, and Philadelphia all offer salaries above the national rate. The lowest-paying market is Memphis, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Bloomington and Cincinnati earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 283 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

▲18%

▲6%

▲5%

National Average
$23,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries


Medication Administration
▲8%

First Aid
▲7%

Safety Compliance
▲4%


▲1%

CPR
▲1%

DSP
▼0%

Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$23,000


Problem Solving
▼2%

Residential
▼5%

CPR Certified
▼6%

Transport
▼9%

Documentation
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 283 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 41%
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