Median pay for Chaplains in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $47K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and tenure. More than half of Chaplains (62 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Chaplains is high. Some workers in this field — around one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$31,042 - $67,049
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MEDIAN: $47,075
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$15.43 - $31.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,042 - $67,049  
   
Bonus
$202.03 - $4,949  
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
Total Pay (?
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$31,630 - $66,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 528
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $31.65  
   
Overtime
$20.36 - $61.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$202.03 - $4,949  
   
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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$31,630 - $66,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 281

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chaplain


Those at U.S. Army can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $78K.

Popular Skills for Chaplain


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Palliative Care, pastoral care, Counseling, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Worship Planning and Leading as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Bereavement Counseling tend to be well versed in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. Chaplains bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Chaplains who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,794

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Chaplains, 35 percent higher than the national average. Chaplains can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+20 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Chaplains in Miami make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Nashville and 6 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Chaplain Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Chaplain

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Chaplain Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

Palliative Care
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pastoral care
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Bereavement Counseling
0%

Hospice Care
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National Average
$47,000


Worship Planning and Leading
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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