By the numbers:
- Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in Pennsylvania make an average wage of $11.54/hour. They provide daily support to people with intellectual disabilities and autism.
- $11.54/hour is $4 per hour less than a living wage for a working family in Pennsylvania.
- The turnover rate of DSPs is 26.9% (over 8,500 DSPs every year) and the vacancy rate for DSPs is 12.1% (over 3,500 DSPs per year).
- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the sole funder of the wages of DSPs. The state budget has grown by over $6.3 billion since 2009, but the rate increases and DSP wages have flatlined.