Chaplain Salary

Average Chaplains in the United States make around $46K per year. Earnings generally vary between $32K and $63K per year. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Chaplains are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 61 percent of professionals. While close to a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,286 - $64,633
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,473
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$15.62 - $28.69
(Median)
$16
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary 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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,286 - $64,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,623  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$31,901 - $63,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 759
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.62 - $28.69  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.36  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,623  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$31,901 - $63,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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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


Chaplains seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in pastoral care, Hospice Care, Bereavement Counseling, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Bereavement Counseling also know Hospice Care and Public Speaking. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,130

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

For Chaplains, New York provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Chaplains will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+31 percent), Boston (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Nashville. Workers in Miami and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 8 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
$46,000


Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

pastoral care
up arrow 4%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 1%

Hospice Care
up arrow 1%

Public Speaking
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

Patient Counseling
0%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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