Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salary

Direct Care Workers in the United States take home approximately $10.16 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 82 percent of Direct Care Workers are female. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a little more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, just over two-fifths have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. Though the majority of Direct Care Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$15,039 - $39,945
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MEDIAN: $23,152
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$8.28 - $13.58
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$0$39K
Salary $15,039 - $39,945
Bonus $49.32 - $1,490
Total Pay (?
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$17,246 - $31,696
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 68
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $8.28 - $13.58
Hourly Tips $0.83
Overtime $11.05 - $19.40
Annual Data $0$31K
Bonus $49.32 - $1,490
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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$17,246 - $31,696
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 779

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Job Description for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

Direct care workers (DCWs) provide hands-on, generally long term for patients; these patients may include older adults, patients with chronic diseases, and others who require regular direct care. the elderly, disease patients, and other chronic conditions. Direct care workers can generally be divided into two main categories: those that provide home-based care in clients' homes, and those that provide community-based care in organizations such as assisted living facilities. These professionals perform a number of duties in their day-to-day work, such as wrapping bandages on patients, administering IVs, administering medication, and assisting with cleaning when the patient is unable. In all tasks, direct care workers must maintain patient confidentiality and follow all organizational rules.

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Direct Care Worker (DCW) 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.

Common Career Paths for Direct Care Worker (DCW)


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Direct Care Workers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Non-Profit Program Manager. The latter position pays an average of $44K annually. A Direct Care Worker often moves on to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Direct Support Professional.

Direct Care Worker (DCW) Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

Pay by Experience for a Direct Care Worker (DCW) has a positive trend. An entry-level Direct Care Worker (DCW) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 517 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Direct Care Worker (DCW) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 217 salaries. An experienced Direct Care Worker (DCW) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 163 salaries. A Direct Care Worker (DCW) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 65 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,055

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Direct Care Workers, working in the bustling city of Fall River has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Direct Care Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), and Pittsburgh (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baton Rouge (24 percent lower) and San Antonio (22 percent lower).

Direct Care Worker (DCW) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Direct Care Worker (DCW)?

Direct Care Worker (DCW) in Norristown:
"Checking the ratio."
Pros: Hummm thats a good question. The medical benefits.
Cons: They dont care about the clients, they really could care less about the staff, been assulted twice individual remains in the house. Lacks team work compassion, and poor communication do not get paid for every hour im here with them but I cant leave.Through it all I try to keep my stress levels low because its not my life.

Direct Care Worker (DCW) in Kansas City:
"None."
Pros: None.
Cons: The hard work with little pay.

Direct Care Worker (DCW) in Houston:
"It's Hard Work."
Pros: Helping others to function in the community.
Cons: The low pay is what I like the least.

Direct Care Worker (DCW) in Detroit:
"Health Care Business."
Pros: Be there to support the clients on their up and down days because they really depend on someone caring and being considerate to their everyday problems and issues.
Cons: Working too many hours.

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Key Stats for Direct Care Worker (DCW)

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲5%

▼0%

National Average
$22,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Direct Care Worker (DCW) Salaries

Counseling
▲34%

Patient Counseling
▲32%

National Average
$22,000

CPR
▼3%


Customer Service
▼6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 54%
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