Chaplains in the United States can expect wages of $47K annually on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chaplains. There are more male Chaplains than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 60 percent. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just over one in five claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,345 - $66,939
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$31K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,728
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$15.58 - $31.26
(Median)
$16
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,345 - $66,939  
   
Bonus
$194.89 - $2,433  
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$31,860 - $66,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 518
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.58 - $31.26  
   
Overtime
$6.80 - $45.30  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$194.89 - $2,433  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$31,860 - $66,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 278
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Job Description for Chaplain

A chaplain is typically employed by larger hospitals and healthcare facilities, although they work in other settings (such as the military) as well. The chaplain provides religious counseling and comfort to patients and their families. They work with caregivers and therapists/counselors at these facilities to assist the spiritual needs of anyone requiring assistance.

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Chaplain Tasks

  • Coordinate spiritual and bereavement services for patients.
  • Provide spiritual and emotional help to patients from all cultures and beliefs.
  • Assist patients and their families with preparing and dealing with the terminally ill.

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U.S. Army attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $78K.

Earnings fall especially short at VITAS Healthcare Corporation, where the median salary of $45K is the lowest in the field, 72 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Chaplain


Survey results suggest that Chaplains use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in pastoral care, Palliative Care, Counseling, and Hospice Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Worship Planning and Leading as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people experienced in Bereavement Counseling also know Public Speaking and Hospice Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Chaplain

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


Chaplains with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $45K. For Chaplains, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,622

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Chaplains, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Chaplains can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Nashville and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Chaplain Reviews

What is it like working as a Chaplain at U.S. Army?

Chaplain in Columbia:
"Experienced counselor and motivational leader/chaplain."
Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions, stress level, the management.
Cons: Morning phisical training,

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Experience Affects Chaplain Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

pastoral care
up arrow 18%

Palliative Care
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Hospice Care
up arrow 1%

Bereavement Counseling
0%

Public Speaking
0%

National Average
$47,000

Patient Counseling
up arrow 3%

Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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