Most Victim Advocates in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $34K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Victim Advocates report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,961 - $48,721
(Median)
$26K
$34K
$49K
MEDIAN: $34,432
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90%

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$10.12 - $19.75
(Median)
$10
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,961 - $48,721  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$23,992 - $45,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $19.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$15.04 - $30.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$23,992 - $45,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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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 31 percent, 13 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing Court Documents, Microsoft Office, and Legal Research. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Bilingual.

Pay by Experience Level for Victim Advocate

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. Victim Advocates see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $36K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Victim Advocate Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Victim Advocate Salaries

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 31%

Crisis Counseling
up arrow 13%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

Spanish Language
up arrow 6%

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Advocacy
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Child Advocacy
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Legal Research
up arrow 7%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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