Direct Support Worker Salary

Direct Support Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.08 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Direct Support Workers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Some workers in this field — a little less than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by over a third and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,597 - $42,412
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$29K
$42K
MEDIAN: $29,479
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$8.31 - $13.82
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$0$42K
Salary $14,597 - $42,412
Bonus $983
Profit Sharing $1,100
Total Pay (?
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$17,268 - $33,292
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 11
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $8.31 - $13.82
Overtime $9.79 - $23.47
Annual Data $0$33K
Bonus $983
Profit Sharing $1,100
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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$17,268 - $33,292
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 102

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Job Description for Direct Support Worker

Direct support workers are responsible for assisting people with daily living activities who cannot perform them independently; this includes individuals with mental retardation, developmental disabilities, or medical disabilities such as stroke, heart attack, or trauma. These workers actively support patients in daily living, and are responsible for overseeing the programs implemented by their doctors or therapists. They often assist with minor around-the-house tasks such as cleaning and paying bills, as well.

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Direct Support Worker Tasks

  • 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.
  • Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Direct Support Worker

Pay by Experience for a Direct Support Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Direct Support Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 52 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Direct Support Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Direct Support Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 30 salaries. A Direct Support Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 6 salaries.

Direct Support Worker Advice

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

Direct Support Worker in Hays:
"Commit to help people who can't advocate for themselves."
Imagine that you had no way of communicating with the rest of the world. You understood everything around you, in fact you understood it too much. When you felt something it was intensified. You tried your best to explain how you were feeling but no one seemed to notice or understand what you were trying to say. Until one day someone came into your life to help you find your voice. That someone could be anyone off the street with little to "entry level" understanding of what your diagnosis is, but they cared SO much about you that they gave you freedom to be yourself. That "someone" is DSW. We come into the lives of someone who may not be able to fully explain how they are feeling. What their hopes, dreams, or what their interests are. That is why our job is a VERY noble position. Therefore, the decision to apply for this job should not be taken lightly. Do your research. Know yourself, be reliable, be able to stand up for yourself and don't forget that someones life is at stake.

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Key Stats for Direct Support Worker

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Direct Support Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲8%

Experienced
▲3%

Entry-Level
▲2%

National Average
$22,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 43%
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