The median salary for Victim Advocates in the United States is approximately $35K annually, but employers pay the most in Denver, offering around $48K on average. Victim Advocates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Milwaukee (+17 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and St. Louis (+3 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,922 - $46,864
$26K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,602
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$10.06 - $19.91
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MEDIAN: $14.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,922 - $46,864  
   
Bonus
$375.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,036 - $45,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 287
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $19.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$15.02 - $30.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$375.00  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,036 - $45,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 213

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Job Description for Victim Advocate

Victim advocates work with victims of various crimes, usually those of domestic violence, and typically work for a non-profit organization or government entity, such as a police department.

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Common Career Paths for Victim Advocate


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Advancing into a Social Worker role seems to be a popular career move for Victim Advocates, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $39K per year.

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Popular Skills for Victim Advocate


Victim Advocates report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Community Outreach / Activism, Crisis Counseling, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 12 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Filing Court Documents as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Legal Research also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Bilingual.

Pay by Experience Level for Victim Advocate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $35K. On average, Victim Advocates make $38K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $36K.

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Key Stats for Victim Advocate

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
055
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Victim Advocate Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Victim Advocate Salaries

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 28%

Crisis Counseling
up arrow 12%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

Spanish Language
up arrow 6%

Advocacy
up arrow 3%

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%


National Average
$33,000


Child Advocacy
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Legal Research
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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