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Chaplain Salary

Chaplains in the United States can expect to earn an average of $45K annually. Pay generally varies between $31K and $62K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. About a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. There are more male Chaplains than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 61 percent. The majority of Chaplains claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,316 - $62,917
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $45,236
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$15.43 - $27.97
(Median)
$15
$22
$28
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,316 - $62,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,693  
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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$31,162 - $61,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $27.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,693  
   
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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$31,162 - $61,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377

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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


Typical Chaplains report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Hospice Care, Bereavement Counseling, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing pastoral care as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those who learned Counseling also tend to know Public Speaking and Hospice Care. Most people familiar with Bereavement Counseling also know Hospice Care and Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Chaplain

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $49K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Chaplains in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chaplains can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Baltimore (+14 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Nashville. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (8 percent lower) and Dallas (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Chaplain Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 2%

Hospice Care
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

pastoral care
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 25%
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