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Direct Support Professional Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$26,000
$11,000
$26,000
$64,000
Direct support professionals in the United States make an average salary of $26,985 per year or $12.97 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $11,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000. If you like following the crowd, health care and non profits companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out health care, manufacturing, and non profits companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Louisiana provide the highest direct support professional salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Austin, TX
$42,454
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Map of Direct Support Professional Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Direct Support Professionals earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Direct Support Professional Salary By Location

While a direct support professional can average a salary of $26,985 per year, or $12.97 per hour, there are many opportunities for direct support professionals to make more. For example, in Mountain View, CA you might make $66,548 per year. Other high-paying locations include Phoenix, AZ, Austin, TX and Natick, MA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Mountain View, CA where the average starting salary is $26,000. The highest paying states for direct support professionals include Hawaii, California and Nevada. Meanwhile, Idaho, Kentucky, and Wisconsin offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Mountain View, CA
Mountain View, CA
$66,548
$67k
Natick, MA
Natick, MA
$36,314
$36k
Syracuse, UT
Syracuse, UT
$32,998
$33k
Albany, GA
Albany, GA
$30,867
$31k
Portland, ME
Portland, ME
$30,355
$30k
Albany, NY
Albany, NY
$29,755
$30k
Toms River, NJ
Toms River, NJ
$28,981
$29k

High Paying Direct Support Professional Jobs

Average Direct Support Professional Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Microsoft and Apple as they offer the highest salaries for direct support professionals.

Company
Average Salary
$116,364
$116k
$114,664
$115k
$113,357
$113k
$111,086
$111k
$103,419
$103k

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Direct Support Professional Salary History

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    Average Direct Support Professional Pay By Industry

    Direct support professional salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with health care, manufacturing, and non profits companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a direct support professional can make a yearly salary of $28,991 while working for health care companies. All the while, other direct support professionals are making $26,470 at manufacturing companies and $26,445 at non profits companies. One industry direct support professionals may want to avoid is the professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $25,540.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $28,991
    $29k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $26,470
    $26k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $26,445
    $26k
    Professional
    Professional
    $25,540
    $26k

    Direct Support Professional Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a direct support professional can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Direct Support Professional Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Adult's-Direct Support Professional-Day
    Adult's-Direct Support Professional-Day
    Olathe, KS
    Olathe, KS
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $24,627
    $24,627
    10/31/2020
    Direct Support Professional (DSP)
    Direct Support Professional (DSP)
    Bridgeville, PA
    Bridgeville, PA
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    10/31/2020
    Merakey
    Merakey
    Residential Direct Support Professional
    Residential Direct Support Professional
    Residential Direct Support Professional
    Wilmington, DE
    Wilmington, DE
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $23,667
    $23,667
    10/31/2020
    Direct Support Professional
    Direct Support Professional
    Knoxville, TN
    Knoxville, TN
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $20,870
    $20,870
    10/31/2020
    Direct Support Professional
    Direct Support Professional
    New Castle, PA
    New Castle, PA
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $20,870
    $20,870
    10/31/2020
    Direct Support Professionals
    Direct Support Professionals
    Duluth, MN
    Duluth, MN
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $28,175
    $28,175
    10/31/2020
    Help at Home
    Help at Home
    Direct Support Professional-New Pay Rate
    Direct Support Professional-New Pay Rate
    Direct Support Professional-New Pay Rate
    Indianapolis, IN
    Indianapolis, IN
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $26,088
    $26,088
    10/31/2020
    Merakey
    Merakey
    Direct Support Professional-Weekends
    Direct Support Professional-Weekends
    Direct Support Professional-Weekends
    Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $23,875
    $23,875
    10/31/2020
    Beacon Light Behavioral Health System
    Beacon Light Behavioral Health System
    Children's Direct Support Professional
    Children's Direct Support Professional
    Children's Direct Support Professional
    Ulster, PA
    Ulster, PA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $26,088
    $26,088
    10/30/2020
    AEDD
    AEDD
    Direct Support Professional
    Direct Support Professional
    Direct Support Professional
    Little Rock, AR
    Little Rock, AR
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $25,044
    $25,044
    10/30/2020