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Direct Support Worker Salary

Median pay for Direct Support Workers in the United States is around $10.17 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.02 per hour and $13.08. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Direct Support Workers survey respondents are women (72 percent). While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, just over a half do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$18,121 - $41,110
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$41K
MEDIAN: $30,967
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$8.02 - $13.08
(Median)
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,121 - $41,110  
   
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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$16,911 - $31,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.02 - $13.08  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $18.61  
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).
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$16,911 - $31,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102

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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 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Direct Support Workers report making only $19K on average.

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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

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
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 42%
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