The average pay for a Direct Support Worker is $9.93 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Direct Support Worker Total Pay (?
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$7.96 - $12.79
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $12.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
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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$16,846 - $31,984  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Job Description for Direct Support Worker
  • 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.

Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$22,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%
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Gender
Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 42%
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