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Average Direct Support Professional Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Direct Support Professional is $11.67.
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $15
$52 - $1,949
Profit Sharing
$19 - $2,457
$0 - $4,000
Total Pay
$19,888 - $33,342
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What Do Direct Support Professionals Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Direct Support Professional

3.6 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Direct Support Professional are from the companies Rescare, Inc, The Mentor Network and Rescare Home Care, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Devereux where the average pay is $13.25. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Mentor Network and Dungarvin Inc., earning around $10.67 and $10.42, respectively. Rescare Homecare pays the lowest at around $8.92. Rescare, Inc and Rescare Home Care, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $9.47 and $9.55, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Direct Support Professionals?

Skills in Medication Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning, Assisted Living, Home Health/Home Care and Disability Support.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Professionals?

An entry-level Direct Support Professional with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $11.10 based on 176 salaries. An early career Direct Support Professional with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.49 based on 1,806 salaries. A mid-career Direct Support Professional with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.85 based on 791 salaries. An experienced Direct Support Professional with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.24 based on 628 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $12.
Employees with Direct Support Professional in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 20.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (12.5% more) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cleveland, Ohio (12.0% less), Indianapolis, Indiana (8.2% less) and Rochester, New York (1.0% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,677 survey responses.
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