$28,710
Avg. Salary
$11.01
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$475

Bonus

$122

Profit Sharing

$4,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Direct Support Professional is $11.01 per hour.

The average pay for a Direct Support Professional is $28,710 per year.

10%
$8.94
10%
$11.01
50%
$14.24
90%
90%
MEDIAN $11.01
10%
$18k
10%
$29k
50%
$51k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $28,710
$18,064 - $51,312
$18K
$29K
$51K
MEDIAN: $28,710
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50%
90%

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$8.94 - $14.24
$8
$11
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MEDIAN: $11.01
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$0$51K
Salary $18,064 - $51,312
Bonus $98.55 - $2,018
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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$18,876 - $32,972
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 353
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.94 - $14.24
Hourly Tips $0.23
Overtime $12.48 - $20.94
Annual Data $0$32K
Bonus $98.55 - $2,018
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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$18,876 - $32,972
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,742

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.

Direct Support Professional Pay By Employer

$0$34K

$21,680

Rescare, Inc
46 profiles
$18,934

$20,660

Rescare Homecare
15 profiles
$19,048

Ahrc Nyc
13 profiles
$26,043

$23,405

Mentor Corp.
13 profiles
$21,209

Dungarvin Inc.
13 profiles
$20,128

$19,801

$25,794

Common Career Paths for Direct Support Professional


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Direct Support Professionals who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. A Direct Support Professional often moves on to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator.

Direct Support Professional Job Listings

Popular Skills for Direct Support Professional


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Assisted Living, Medication Administration, First Aid, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Documentation, Transport, and CPR Certified. Those with knowledge of Cleaning tend to be skilled in Home Health/Home Care as well.

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: $23,931

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

Eastern cities like Washington, New York, and Philadelphia are lucrative areas for Direct Support Professionals, where pay is higher than the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Direct Support Professionals in Memphis earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Bloomington and Cincinnati (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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 719 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


First Aid
▲5%

Medication Administration
▲5%

Safety Compliance
▲1%

National Average
$24,000

▼1%


CPR
▼2%

DSP
▼2%

Counseling
▼3%

Problem Solving
▼4%


Residential
▼7%

CPR Certified
▼8%

Transport
▼11%

Documentation
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 719 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: 39%
no benefits
None: 42%