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New Estimate: Cost of DCW Wages and Benefits

Fact Sheet
May 1, 2013

This fact sheet uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau to estimate the total cost of wages and benefits for direct care workers in both the home care and nursing/residential sectors. The research shows that wages and benefits for direct care workers accounted for $88 billion in annual spending in 2011, or approximately 42% of all long-term services and supports spending that year.

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Key Takeaways

Approximately $88 billion was spent on direct care worker wages and benefits in 2011.
Forty two percent of LTSS spending goes toward direct care worker wages and benefits.
Wages and benefits are an even larger percent of public funding than private funding (44% versus 37%).
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