Direct Support Worker Salary

The average Direct Support Worker in the United States earns approximately $10.26 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.99 per hour and $13.21. Women account for the majority of Direct Support Workers who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although two in five lack health benefits of any kind, slightly more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and just under one-half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$7.99 - $13.21
(Median)
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.99 - $13.21  
   
Overtime
$0.26 - $18.58  
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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$16,851 - $31,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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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.

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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 $21K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $19K.

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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 39%