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.

$14,838 - $38,628
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$15K
$29K
$39K
MEDIAN: $28,852
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$8.51 - $13.67
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$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,838 - $38,628  
   
Bonus
$989  
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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$17,526 - $33,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.51 - $13.67  
   
Overtime
$10.65 - $23.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$989  
   
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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$17,526 - $33,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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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

  • 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 $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.

Direct Support Worker Advice

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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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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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National Average
$23,000

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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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