There is a critical shortage of DSPs to support people with disabilities in living full, meaningful lives. That shortage is partly due to low wages.
As reported in ANCOR’s 2009 Direct Support Professionals Wage Study, the average wage for private provider DSPs is $10.14 an hour, compared to $15.53 for state-employed DSPs. As a result, many of these workers are forced to work two jobs in order to feed their own families. Under such duress, the turnover rate for DSPs averages 50 percent, and the high turnover reduces the consistency and quality of supports received by people with disabilities.