Victim Advocate Salary
|Salary||$25,922 - $46,864|
|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).)
|$24,036 - $45,331|
|Hourly Rate||$10.06 - $19.91|
|Overtime||$15.02 - $30.20|
|Total Pay (||$24,036 - $45,331|
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.Read More...
Victim advocates work with parties such as detectives and police officers in order to intervene in times of crisis, and it may be necessary to help victims develop "exit plans." These advocates may help provide temporary shelter for the victim and obtain necessary medical services, and usually continue to serve as case managers for victims and help them obtain community and legal services as needed. They may go to court with victims to provide support and assistance, and flexibility is necessary in this position, as sometimes work is done on-call. Victim advocates may also run support groups and provide one-on-one counseling, and public speaking skills may be necessary to provide community information sessions. Training in domestic violence advocacy may also be needed, and the job may require creating reports on things such as job activity and statistical information, so they should be able to multitask and manage several cases at once.
Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary in this position, and a bachelor's or master's degree in counseling, social work, or social sciences is required by some employers. A valid driver's license and personal vehicle are often required, as well.
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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
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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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