Direct Support Worker Salary

For Direct Support Workers, hourly average wages total $10.36 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.12 per hour and $13.78. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, around half report medical coverage and a little less than one-half claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Direct Support Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Direct Support Workers make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,617 - $40,487
(Median)
$18K
$27K
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MEDIAN: $27,000
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$8.12 - $13.78
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,617 - $40,487  
   
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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$17,055 - $31,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $13.78  
   
Overtime
$1.20 - $20.44  
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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$17,055 - $31,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $24K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $26K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $20K.

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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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