Direct Support Worker Salary

Earnings for Direct Support Workers in the United States come in at around $10.20 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $8.02 per hour and $13.30. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Direct Support Workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by roughly one-half and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. Most Direct Support Workers survey respondents are women (74 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$18,246 - $40,995
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$8.02 - $13.30
(Median)
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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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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$16,917 - $31,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.02 - $13.30  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $18.54  
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 - $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).
)
$16,917 - $31,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Direct Support Workers make a median salary of $25K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $19K.

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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

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
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
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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