Victim Advocate Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Victim Advocates in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $34K annually. Compensation ranges from $23K on the lower end to $49K per year on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While approximately one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,387 - $49,371
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,634
10%
50%
90%

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$9.97 - $20.70
(Median)
$10
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,387 - $49,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$23,423 - $48,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $20.70  
   
Overtime
$15.51 - $39.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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).
)
$23,423 - $48,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 147
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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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Victim Advocates might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Social Worker, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $38K per year.

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Survey results show that Victim Advocates use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Spanish Language, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Child Advocacy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Filing Court Documents, and Counseling. Aptitude in Case Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Victim Advocate

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


Victim Advocates do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Victim Advocates make a median salary of $37K. As Victim Advocates reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $39K.

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Experience Affects Victim Advocate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Victim Advocate Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 10%

Spanish Language
up arrow 9%

National Average
$32,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Child Advocacy
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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