$28,868
Avg. Salary
$10.94
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$481

Bonus

$122

Profit Sharing

$4,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Direct Support Professional is $10.94 per hour.

The average pay for a Direct Support Professional is $28,868 per year.

$8.89
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$10.94
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$14.14
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MEDIAN $10.94
$18k
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$29k
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$51k
90%
MEDIAN $28,868
$18,090 - $50,607
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MEDIAN: $28,868
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$0$50K
Salary $18,090 - $50,607
Bonus $99.07 - $2,004
Profit Sharing $122
Commission $4,000
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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$18,770 - $32,901
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 361
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.89 - $14.14
Hourly Tips $0.30
Overtime $12.42 - $20.86
Annual Data $0$32K
Bonus $99.07 - $2,004
Commission $4,000
Profit Sharing $122
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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$18,770 - $32,901
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,723

Job Description for Direct Support Professional

Direct support professionals perform a number of tasks to aid people with disabilities, providing encouragement and instructions on specific tasks the individuals struggle with due to their disabilities. Most direct support professionals are expected to document their interactions with clients - as well as any changes they notice - so the care team may learn and develop strategies. Often, they communicate with external parties on issues related to the client's care. For example, some clients may be unable to talk on the phone; direct support professionals may help provide solutions for those clients and work with caretakers and loved ones as necessary.

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Direct Support Professional Tasks
  • Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Administer or supervise self-administration of medication.
  • Foster increased community and social integration.
  • Support the development of behavioral and social skills.
  • Provide assistance with daily tasks including personal care, transportation, health maintenance, and household chores.

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Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Professional

Pay by Experience for a Direct Support Professional has a positive trend. An entry-level Direct Support Professional with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 1,410 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Direct Support Professional with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 601 salaries. An experienced Direct Support Professional which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 366 salaries. A Direct Support Professional with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 98 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,811

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

Direct Support Professional Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Direct Support Professional?

Direct Support Professional in Cleveland:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I love experiencing my consumers success. I like feeling of accomplishment.
Cons: I do not enjoy how everything involving the consumer is black and white with no grey area.

Direct Support Professional in Rochester:
"I love it."
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Cons: Occasionally there is too much gossip.

Direct Support Professional in Dumfries:
"I love that I have something to offer someone that is in nee."
Pros: The joy that I see from helping others.
Cons: The work load.

Direct Support Professional in Quincy:
"Working family."
Pros: The family like staff and boss. Feeling like I have people to talk to about personal problems.
Cons: The pay could be better or larger. Sometimes it is an emotionaly draining and I get burnt out if I work five or six days in a row.

Direct Support Professional in Cheyenne:
"It sucks."
Pros: The other DSP are great people to work with.
Cons: The client's are very disrespectful, the pay is terrible. I can't afford to pay my bills, and I'm under appreciated for what I do. The hours are long and I don't get any breaks.

Direct Support Professional in Sioux Falls:
"That You Get Beat Up At Times."
Check into how much training you get before you take the job and ask about the policy when people get violent.

Direct Support Professional in Toledo:
"Stress, Levels, Responsibilities."
Be prepared for anything and everything. T0here are things they don't tell you to expect.

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Key Stats for Direct Support Professional

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 674 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Direct Support Professional Salaries

▲15%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$24,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Direct Support Professional Salaries


Medication Administration
▲6%

First Aid
▲5%

Safety Compliance
▲2%

National Average
$24,000


▼1%

CPR
▼1%

DSP
▼2%

Counseling
▼2%


Problem Solving
▼4%

Residential
▼7%

CPR Certified
▼7%

Transport
▼11%

Documentation
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 674 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 42%