Direct Support Professional Salary

The average rate for a Direct Support Professional is $10.62 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$17,343 - $50,420
$17K
$28K
$50K
MEDIAN: $27,921
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50%
90%

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$8.74 - $13.88
$8
$11
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MEDIAN: $10.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,343 - $50,420  
   
Bonus
$100.29 - $2,909  
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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$18,382 - $32,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.74 - $13.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03  
Overtime
$12.52 - $20.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$100.29 - $2,909  
   
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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$18,382 - $32,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,964

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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.

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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

National Average: $23,211

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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 250 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%

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$23,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries


First Aid
▲8%

Medication Administration
▲8%

Safety Compliance
▲4%

▲2%


CPR
▲1%

DSP
▲1%

Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$23,000

Problem Solving
▼1%


Residential
▼5%

CPR Certified
▼5%

Transport
▼9%

Documentation
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 250 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: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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