Direct Support Worker Salary

For Direct Support Workers, hourly average wages total $10.24 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.04 per hour and $13.23. Most Direct Support Workers survey respondents are women (75 percent). Some workers in this field — just over two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction for Direct Support Workers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,246 - $40,995

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$8.04 - $13.23

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,246 - $40,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$16,951 - $31,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.04 - $13.23  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $18.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$16,951 - $31,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $21K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $24K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $25K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $19K.

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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 42%
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