Direct Support Worker Salary

Median pay for Direct Support Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.55 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-half lack any form of coverage — but two in five have medical insurance, and nearly two in five have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more female Direct Support Workers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$16,568 - $41,030
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$41K
MEDIAN: $28,852
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$8.26 - $13.62
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MEDIAN: $10.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,568 - $41,030  
   
Bonus
$976  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$17,171 - $33,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $13.62  
   
Overtime
$10.65 - $23.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$976  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$17,171 - $33,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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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

  • 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.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • 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.

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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $22K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $23K. Direct Support Workers bring in $22K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $23K.

Direct Support Worker Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Direct Support Worker?

Direct Support Worker in Hays:
"Commit to help people who can't advocate for themselves."
Imagine that you had no way of communicating with the rest of the world. You understood everything around you, in fact you understood it too much. When you felt something it was intensified. You tried your best to explain how you were feeling but no one seemed to notice or understand what you were trying to say. Until one day someone came into your life to help you find your voice. That someone could be anyone off the street with little to "entry level" understanding of what your diagnosis is, but they cared SO much about you that they gave you freedom to be yourself. That "someone" is DSW. We come into the lives of someone who may not be able to fully explain how they are feeling. What their hopes, dreams, or what their interests are. That is why our job is a VERY noble position. Therefore, the decision to apply for this job should not be taken lightly. Do your research. Know yourself, be reliable, be able to stand up for yourself and don't forget that someones life is at stake.

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Key Stats for Direct Support Worker

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Mid-Career
▲4%

Late-Career
▲1%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
▼1%

Experienced
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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