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The Arc Increases Direct Support Professional Hourly Starting Rate

January 25, 2023
Direct Support Professional (DSP) reading a book

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (The Arc) increased the hourly starting wage for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to $17.25/hour. The Arc implemented the market increase to support employees as people throughout the community continue to deal with the effects of an uncertain economy and workforce.

“While The Arc has done a great deal to increase DSP pay, expand employee benefits, and make health care more affordable – it is our ongoing priority to do more,” said Jonathon Rondeau, President & CEO. “DSPs are the backbone of The Arc’s work. Every day I am humbled by the tireless work our DSPs do to ensure quality services for the people we support.”

The rate increase will take effect Sunday, January 29, and DSP hourly wages will increase by an average of 4.83%. The Arc announced additional COLA increases are expected organization-wide in July.

To apply to become a DSP today, click here.

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