Chaplain Salary

Average Chaplains in the United States make around $45K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $31K and $62K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Chaplains who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (60 percent) are men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,522 - $63,770
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,492
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90%

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$15.62 - $27.64
(Median)
$16
$22
$28
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,522 - $63,770  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,674  
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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$31,431 - $62,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 713
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.62 - $27.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.88  
National Annualized 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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,674  
   
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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$31,431 - $62,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Survey results suggest that Chaplains use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in pastoral care, Public Speaking, Hospice Care, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Counseling tend to be well versed in Public Speaking and Hospice Care. 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.


For Chaplains, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $46K. Chaplains bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Chaplains in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chaplains will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Baltimore (+14 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Nashville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (8 percent less) and Dallas (4 percent less).

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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
0%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

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: 49% employee benefits None: 24%
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