Direct Support Worker Salary
The average Direct Support Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.65 per hour. Although nearly one-half lack health benefits of any kind, just over two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 84 percent of Direct Support Workers are female. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Candidates for this position should be highly compassionate and able to assist patients in many ways, including some which require some physical effort, such as clothing and bathing. They must also be able to read and understand all medical orders, instructions, and prescriptions, and coordinate with the doctors and therapists who direct the care.
Direct support workers work very closely with disabled individuals, and the job can be especially rewarding for those with deep compassion who want to make a difference in others' lives.
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.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $23K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $23K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $21K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $22K on average.