Chaplain Salary

The average Chaplain in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $46K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $32K, and the higher rates verge on $62K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chaplains. Close to one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Men make up the majority of Chaplains (61 percent) survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,760 - $63,959
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,628
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$15.62 - $27.64
(Median)
$16
$22
$28
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,760 - $63,959  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,678  
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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$31,581 - $62,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 712
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.62 - $27.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,678  
   
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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$31,581 - $62,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in pastoral care, Public Speaking, Hospice Care, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Bereavement Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in Hospice Care and Public Speaking. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. Chaplains claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Chaplains who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Chaplains, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Chaplains will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Baltimore (+13 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chaplain Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

pastoral care
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Bereavement Counseling
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Hospice Care
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Public Speaking
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Counseling
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National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 24%
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