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Direct Support Professional Salary

The average Direct Support Professional in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.10 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.36 per hour to $13.33. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Women account for the majority of Direct Support Professionals who took the survey — 81 percent to be exact. While approximately two in five report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and approximately one-half have dental, as well. The majority of Direct Support Professionals claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$18,688 - $39,670
(Median)
$19K
$26K
$40K
MEDIAN: $25,560
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$8.36 - $13.33
(Median)
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,688 - $39,670  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $784  
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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$17,905 - $30,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $13.33  
   
Overtime
$11.16 - $19.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $784  
   
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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$17,905 - $30,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 919

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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.

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Direct Support Professionals' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The average Licensed Practical Nurse brings home $37K per year. Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional is a common transition from a Direct Support Professional role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Direct Support Professional


Pay for Direct Support Professionals is the lowest at The Mentor Network, which has a median salary of $19K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $27K.


Direct Support Professionals report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Cleaning, Residential, Medication Administration, and Home Health/Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CPR.

Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Professional

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $21K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $23K. Direct Support Professionals bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. Direct Support Professionals who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Direct Support Professional Reviews

What is it like working as a Direct Support Professional?

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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Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries

Cleaning
up arrow 15%

Medication Administration
up arrow 1%

Residential
up arrow 1%

National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 3%

CPR
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 40%
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