Median pay for Direct Support Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.01 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.96 per hour and $13.23. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and half receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Direct Support Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Direct Support Workers make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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).
$16,870 - $31,204
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 85
Job Description for Direct Support Worker
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.