Updated August 18, 2021
Average Direct Support Professional Salary
$14.17 hourly
$29,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$11,000 yearly
$11,000
10 %
$29,000
Median
$74,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$74,000
$6,167
$36
75th Percentile
$48,000
$4,000
$23
Average
$29,469
$2,456
$14
25th Percentile
$18,000
$1,500
$9
10th Percentile
$11,000
$917
$5

Average Direct Support Professional Salary By State

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Direct Support Professional average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$22,789
$10.96
Alaska
$47,068
$22.63
Arizona
$40,701
$19.57
Arkansas
$21,325
$10.25
California
$44,628
$21.46
Colorado
$28,452
$13.68
Connecticut
$30,041
$14.44
Delaware
$22,752
$10.94
District of Columbia
$25,100
$12.07
Florida
$25,938
$12.47
Georgia
$21,957
$10.56
Hawaii
$31,550
$15.17
Idaho
$28,572
$13.74
Illinois
$23,835
$11.46
Indiana
$22,037
$10.59
Iowa
$22,977
$11.05
Kansas
$22,367
$10.75
Kentucky
$23,933
$11.51
Louisiana
$20,632
$9.92
Maine
$28,996
$13.94
Maryland
$26,059
$12.53
Massachusetts
$39,389
$18.94
Michigan
$28,066
$13.49
Minnesota
$27,075
$13.02
Mississippi
$29,211
$14.04
Missouri
$22,447
$10.79
Montana
$22,991
$11.05
Nebraska
$22,846
$10.98
Nevada
$36,164
$17.39
New Hampshire
$33,590
$16.15
New Jersey
$29,709
$14.28
New Mexico
$26,088
$12.54
New York
$27,120
$13.04
North Carolina
$20,396
$9.81
North Dakota
$33,172
$15.95
Ohio
$21,998
$10.58
Oklahoma
$24,910
$11.98
Oregon
$38,679
$18.60
Pennsylvania
$25,297
$12.16
Rhode Island
$30,636
$14.73
South Carolina
$19,126
$9.20
South Dakota
$26,660
$12.82
Tennessee
$20,445
$9.83
Texas
$30,298
$14.57
Utah
$30,949
$14.88
Vermont
$30,266
$14.55
Virginia
$20,995
$10.09
Washington
$39,343
$18.91
West Virginia
$24,315
$11.69
Wisconsin
$23,278
$11.19
Wyoming
$24,486
$11.77

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Highest Paying Cities For Direct Support Professional

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Mountain View, CA
$48,349
$23.24
Eugene, OR
$41,136
$19.78
Phoenix, AZ
$40,505
$19.47
Natick, MA
$39,258
$18.87
Enfield, CT
$31,379
$15.09
Austin, TX
$30,966
$14.89

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How much does a Direct Support Professional make?

The average direct support professional salary is $29,469 per year, or $14.17 per hour, in the United States. 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 $74,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, California, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Washington provide the highest direct support professional salaries.

Average Direct Support Professional Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $29,500
    $14.17
    +3.8%
    2020
    $28,300
    $13.63
    +5.1%
    2019
    $26,900
    $12.93
    +4.3%
    2018
    $25,700
    $12.37
    +2.6%
    2017
    $25,100
    $12.06
    +1.7%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Residential Aide

    Avg. salary: $24,439

    A residential aide is responsible for assisting residents and patients in a community facility, supporting them in their daily activities and personal routines. Residential aides monitor the patients' health conditions, coordinate with medical professionals, and ensure that they receive the proper medications. They also assist the residents with their inquiries and concerns, as well as developing community programs and events, sustaining the healthy welfare of the citizens. A residential aide must have excellent communication and organizational skills, especially when communicating with management and other organizations for assistance on charity works.
    65,015 Residential Aide Jobs
    Hair Stylist

    Avg. salary: $36,073

    A Hair Stylist's role is to provide services such as haircuts, treatments, coloring, styling, and even maintenance. Most of the time, the clients choose which style or treatment they would prefer, which is why a Hair Stylist must have extensive knowledge and keep up the current trends in Hair Styling. Moreover, a Hair Stylist can also recommend styling and treatments that would suit the client, even sell Hair Care products. Aside from providing quality service, it is also essential for a Hair Stylist to build rapport with clients to ensure customer satisfaction and have a robust client base.
    48,230 Hair Stylist Jobs
    Child Care Worker

    Avg. salary: $24,141

    A child care worker is responsible for providing care and supervision to children while the parents or guardians are away. A child care worker's duty may involve changing diapers and preparing milk for infants and toddlers, devise strategies or fun activities where children can learn, arrange schedules to fit their needs such as nap times, and prepare healthy meals and snacks. Aside from ensuring children's safety, a child care worker must also monitor any sign of emotional or developmental issues so it can be brought to the parents' attention as soon as possible.
    82,726 Child Care Worker Jobs
    Support

    Avg. salary: $34,233

    A support employee is responsible for assisting the business operations and responding to customers' inquiries and concerns regarding its goods and services. Support logs all customers' interaction and escalates potential complaints to the appropriate department. They also help with implementing strategic procedures to improve operations and reach maximum productivity. A support employee must have excellent communication and customer service skills, ensuring clients' satisfaction with the services and maintain good feedback to boost the company's brand, attract more clients, and increase revenues.
    130,514 Support Jobs
    Direct Care Counselor

    Avg. salary: $27,996

    A direct care counselor provides direct counseling and assistance to the elderly or individuals with disabilities and mental issues. They usually work at rehabilitation centers or care facilities and work together with nurses or caregivers to administer different treatment plans, monitor and support the patients' progress, and help the patients carry out daily activities such as performing hygienic or routine living tasks. Moreover, a direct care counselor may also develop and implement various healthcare programs and recreational activities while adhering to the facility's policies and regulations.
    112,553 Direct Care Counselor Jobs
    Direct Care Worker

    Avg. salary: $23,995

    A Direct Care Worker's responsibility revolves around overseeing clients' welfare and health care from different ages and conditions. Most of the duties will involve assistance in basic hygienic tasks such as bathing or going to the toilet, performing light chores such as preparing healthy meals and cleaning a bedroom, and ensuring the patient's medication intake aligns with the schedule. Furthermore, it is also the duty of a Direct Care Worker to empathize and build rapport with clients to make them feel more at ease.
    120,114 Direct Care Worker Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Residential Aide
    $24,440
    $2,037
    $11.75
    65,015
    Hair Stylist
    $36,073
    $3,006
    $17.34
    48,230
    Child Care Worker
    $24,141
    $2,012
    $11.61
    82,726
    Support
    $34,234
    $2,853
    $16.46
    130,514
    Direct Care Counselor
    $27,997
    $2,333
    $13.46
    112,553
    Direct Care Worker
    $23,996
    $2,000
    $11.54
    120,114
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    Direct Support Professional Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $23,000
    $11.08
    Mid Level
    $29,600
    $14.21
    Senior Level
    $31,700
    $15.25

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    Recently Added Direct Support Professional Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Madonna School & Community-Based Services
    Direct Support Professional, Job Coach
    Direct Support Professional, Job Coach
    Omaha, NE
    08/31/2021
    $25,044
    08/31/2021
    Bayada
    HSH, HAB Tech/Direct Support Professional
    HSH, HAB Tech/Direct Support Professional
    Gastonia, NC
    08/31/2021
    $22,957
    08/31/2021
    RHA Health Services
    Caregiver/Direct Support Professional/DSP
    Caregiver/Direct Support Professional/DSP
    McDonough, GA
    08/31/2021
    $22,435
    08/31/2021
    Rise Incorporated
    Direct Support Professional (DSP) Centerbased
    Direct Support Professional (DSP) Centerbased
    Minneapolis, MN
    08/31/2021
    $33,392
    08/31/2021
    Thomas Allen Inc.
    Direct Support Professional (DSP) Bloomington
    Direct Support Professional (DSP) Bloomington
    Minneapolis, MN
    08/31/2021
    $28,592
    08/31/2021
    Damar Services
    Direct Support Professional-No Experience Required!
    Direct Support Professional-No Experience Required!
    Indianapolis, IN
    08/31/2021
    $31,827
    08/31/2021
    Keystone Human Services
    Direct Support Professional
    Direct Support Professional
    Waterford, CT
    08/31/2021
    $34,436
    08/31/2021
    Hope
    Direct Support Professional
    Direct Support Professional
    Springfield, IL
    08/31/2021
    $33,392
    08/31/2021
    Bethesda Lutheran Homes
    Lead Direct Support Professional
    Lead Direct Support Professional
    Minneapolis, MN
    08/31/2021
    $33,392
    08/31/2021
    Rise, Inc.
    Direct Support Professional (DSP) Centerbased
    Direct Support Professional (DSP) Centerbased
    Minneapolis, MN
    08/31/2021
    $31,305
    08/31/2021

    Average Direct Support Professional Salary by Demographic

    Direct Support Professional Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $26,453
    female-income
    Female Income
    $25,386
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$26,453
    Female$25,386
    Median Direct Support Professional Income by Race
    Black or african american direct support professionals have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American direct support professionals have the lowest average salary at $24,711.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$25,989
    Black or African American$26,721
    Asian$26,027
    Hispanic or Latino$26,148
    Average Direct Support Professional Salary by Education Level
    Direct support professionals with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $30,713 annually. With a Bachelors degree, direct support professionals earn a median annual income of $28,309 compared to $27,214 for direct support professionals with an Associate degree.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$25,386
    Master's Degree$30,713
    Bachelor's Degree$28,309
    Some College/ Associate Degree$27,214