Direct Support Worker Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Direct Support Worker is $9.84 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Direct Support Worker Total Pay (?
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$7.94 - $12.89
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $12.89  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $18.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
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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$16,798 - $31,900  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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.

Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$21,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 4%
Late-Career
up arrow 13%
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Gender
Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 40%
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