Direct Support Worker Salary

An average Direct Support Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.12 per hour. Women make up the vast majority of Direct Support Workers (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Direct Support Workers is high. Although more than a third have medical coverage and roughly one-half have dental coverage, just under a half claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,838 - $41,692
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MEDIAN: $29,672
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$8.42 - $13.74
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$0$41K
Salary $14,838 - $41,692
Bonus $989
Profit Sharing $1,100
Total Pay (?
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$17,466 - $32,672
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 13
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $8.42 - $13.74
Overtime $9.86 - $23.36
Annual Data $0$32K
Bonus $989
Profit Sharing $1,100
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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$17,466 - $32,672
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 103

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Job Description for Direct Support Worker

Direct support workers are responsible for assisting people with daily living activities who cannot perform them independently; this includes individuals with mental retardation, developmental disabilities, or medical disabilities such as stroke, heart attack, or trauma. These workers actively support patients in daily living, and are responsible for overseeing the programs implemented by their doctors or therapists. They often assist with minor around-the-house tasks such as cleaning and paying bills, as well.

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Direct Support Worker 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 Worker

Pay by Experience for a Direct Support Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Direct Support Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 52 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Direct Support Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Direct Support Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 30 salaries. A Direct Support Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 6 salaries.

Direct Support Worker Advice

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

Direct Support Worker in Hays:
"Commit to help people who can't advocate for themselves."
Imagine that you had no way of communicating with the rest of the world. You understood everything around you, in fact you understood it too much. When you felt something it was intensified. You tried your best to explain how you were feeling but no one seemed to notice or understand what you were trying to say. Until one day someone came into your life to help you find your voice. That someone could be anyone off the street with little to "entry level" understanding of what your diagnosis is, but they cared SO much about you that they gave you freedom to be yourself. That "someone" is DSW. We come into the lives of someone who may not be able to fully explain how they are feeling. What their hopes, dreams, or what their interests are. That is why our job is a VERY noble position. Therefore, the decision to apply for this job should not be taken lightly. Do your research. Know yourself, be reliable, be able to stand up for yourself and don't forget that someones life is at stake.

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Key Stats for Direct Support Worker

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

Mid-Career
▲7%

Experienced
▲2%

Entry-Level
▲1%

National Average
$22,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 46%
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