National Core Indicators (NCI), a collaborative effort of The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Human Services Research Institute, recently released the 2014 Staff Stability Survey Report concerning the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce.
The report is based on data collected from the National Core Indicators Staff Stability Survey, which collects information on DSP workforce staffing levels, stability, wages, hours, benefit packages and recruitment and retention strategies and is designed to be used by INARF members to educate policymakers, advocates, and self-advocates and to assist with the development of policies and programs that improve workforce outcomes.
The survey included data from 673 provider agencies from nine states and the District of Columbia.
Findings from the survey included:
-Of the DSPs who left employment at responding agencies between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, 37% had been employed for less than 6 months. This number varied vastly by state.
-Across the responding agencies, the turnover rate for DSPs was 45%
-Of responding agencies that differentiate between full- and part-time employees, there was a 7% vacancy rate for full-time positions and 13% vacancy rate for part-time positions.
-Across participating states, DSPs received an average hourly wage of $11.11.
$10.55 for DSPs providing residential supports
$10.93 for DSPs providing in-home supports
$11.10 for DSPs providing non-residential supports
The findings from NCI’s Staff Stability Survey provide an interesting point of comparison with organizations participating in INARF’s 2015 Salary Survey who reported an average turnover rate of 38% and a maximum average hourly starting wage of $10.19. Access to the INARF 2015 Salary Survey (Staff Report),whose data is from 2014, is granted to INARF CEOs and the Human Resource Key Role. If you have questions regarding the data contained within this report and/or have difficulty accessing this report, please contact Barb Young, INARF Vice President/CFO.