Direct Support Worker Salary

Median pay for Direct Support Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.20 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.03 per hour and $13.26. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, roughly one-half do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Female Direct Support Workers make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$18,246 - $40,995
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$8.03 - $13.26
(Median)
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,246 - $40,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
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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$16,934 - $31,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.03 - $13.26  
   
Overtime
$0.36 - $18.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$16,934 - $31,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Worker

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $21K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Direct Support Workers make a median salary of $25K. Direct Support Workers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $19K.

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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 43%
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