Chaplain Salary (United States)

A typical Chaplain in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $44,588 per year. Pay begins at $30,366 on the low end and climbs to $60,944 per year near the top. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While some workers in this profession—about a quarter—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most Chaplains like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Chaplain Salary (?
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$29,842 - $62,125
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MEDIAN: $44,648
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$14.86 - $27.68
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,842 - $62,125  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,689  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $1,542  
Total Pay (?
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$30,366 - $60,944  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $27.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,689  
   
Profit Sharing
$590 - $1,542  
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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$30,366 - $60,944  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 395
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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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Popular Skills for Chaplain

Survey takers who work as Chaplains typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Hospice Care, Bereavement Counseling, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 5 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Bereavement Counseling indicates knowledge of Hospice Care and Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Chaplain

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Chaplains can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. New salaries start at $42K and reach $45K in five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $47K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Chaplains encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $47K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$45,000
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Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Chaplains in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, where Chaplains typically earn around 27 percent, 18 percent, 16 percent, and 14 percent more than usual. Nashville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and Dallas earn less than others in this profession; their -7 percent and -5 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Chaplain Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

Bereavement Counseling
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Counseling
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 276 votes.

Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%
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