Direct support workforce supporting individuals with IDD: Current wages, benefits, and stability

Author(s)
Matthew Bogenschutz, Amy S Hewitt, Derek K Nord PhD, Renee A Hepperlen

Direct support workforce supporting individuals with IDD: Current wages, benefits, and stability

Description

Direct support professionals (DSPs) and frontline supervisors (FLSs) play an integral role in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and are often the individuals directly responsible for assisting people with IDD to live and fully participate in their communities. These two groups of workers have typically been employed at lower wages with limited access to fringe benefits, contributing to high rates of turnover compared to a similarly skilled worker in the United States. This article summarizes findings and is the first investigation in several years to systematically examine the wages, fringe benefits, and stability of the DSP and FLS workforces supporting individuals with IDD. Findings suggest that a typical DSP may expect to earn about $11.25 per hour, while FLSs may expect wages of about $15.45 hourly. Of concern, however, is that fringe benefit provision was quite limited in this sample. Implications, including relation to past reports of DSP workforce development, are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Bogenschutz, M. D., Hewitt, A., Nord, D., & Hepperlen, R. (2014). Direct support workforce supporting individuals with IDD: Current wages, benefits, and stability. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(5), 317–329. https://doi.org/10.1352/1934-9556-52.5.317

Details

Date
2014 
Type
Peer-Reviewed Article 
Edition
Volume 52, Number 5
Contact
Amy S Hewitt hewit005@umn.edu or +1 612-625-1098
Publisher
Institute on Community Integration

Topics

  • Direct support workforce
    • Retention and recruitment
      • Workforce development strategies