Overseeing the general operation of a shelter is the main responsibility of domestic violence shelter coordinators. They often work as part of victim advocacy teams, coordinating direct human services for residents and their children. They also participate in crisis intervention strategies, safety planning and skills training.
In 2012, salaries for community and social service occupations as a whole were $43,830 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In individual and family services, salaries for social service specialists, such as domestic violence shelter coordinators, were closer to $34,200 annually. The jobsite Indeed, however, provides a slightly higher figure, estimating the average salary of shelter coordinators at $43,000 -- right in line with the industry mean.
As with any job, earnings vary by location. Of the states, shelter coordinators in New York earned some of the highest wages, at an average of $52,000 a year -- roughly 21 percent more than the national average. Those in the District of Columbia fared almost as well, averaging $51,000 annually. Shelter coordinators in Illinois earned an average of $47,000, while those in California brought home $46,000. The same didn't hold for shelter coordinators in Minnesota, where the average salary was $38,000 a year.
Salaries in community and social services often depend on skills and education. Assistants in the industry, for example, need only a high school diploma and virtually no experience to work in these positions, and their salaries reflect this. As of 2012, the average was $30,710. Due to their greater responsibilities, shelter coordinators often need a bachelor’s degree in social work, public administration or a related field as well as a few years of work experience with case management or victim advocacy. Some employers may instead prefer to hire candidates with a master’s degree in counseling, social work or a related field.
Though the BLS doesn’t forecast job growth for shelter coordinators specifically, you can get an idea of what the future may hold by looking at similar occupations, such as social service managers. Through 2020, expect growth of 27 percent, almost twice the national average for all U.S. occupations, an estimated 14 percent. As the national population continues to grow, so does the need for community and social services. Budgetary constraints at the state and local levels could limit overall growth in the industry, however.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment and Wages in Community and Social Service Occupations
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other
- Indeed: Domestic Violence Shelter Coordinator Salary
- Indeed: Domestic Violence Shelter Coordinator Salary in New York
- Indeed: Domestic Violence Shelter Coordinator Salary in Washington, DC
- Indeed: Domestic Violence Shelter Coordinator Salary in Illinois
- Indeed: Domestic Violence Shelter Coordinator Salary in California
- Indeed: Domestic Violence Shelter Coordinator Salary in Minnesota
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook – Social and Community Service Managers
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