Direct Support Professional Salary
|Salary||$17,757 - $50,439|
|Bonus||$99.33 - $2,517|
|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).)
|$18,746 - $33,157|
|Hourly Rate||$8.88 - $14.06|
|Overtime||$12.65 - $20.56|
|Bonus||$99.33 - $2,517|
|Total Pay (||$18,746 - $33,157|
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.Read More...
Most direct support professionals do not work in a centralized location and make regular visits to clients' homes. However, in some cases, direct support professionals may report to a specific building in which several residents need their services. Although direct support professionals typically work during regular business hours, help outside of these hours may be required unexpectedly (such as in emergencies). As most direct support professionals are employed by contractors, many support professionals may need to report their activities to their employer, a care home manager, and/or clients' families. For this reason, direct support professionals must have excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for direct support professionals, as is daily access to a vehicle. Additional qualifications - and previous experience in the field of patient care and disability services - are often preferred. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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 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.
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