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Chaplain Salary (United States)

A typical Chaplain in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $45K per year. Pay generally varies between $30K and $61K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — just under a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair portion and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Work is enjoyable for Chaplains, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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  
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  
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

Chaplains usually report a few specific 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. The majority of those who know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. Chaplains see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $47K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly one in six.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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Minneapolis
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Baltimore
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Philadelphia
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Chicago
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Denver
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Tampa
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Houston
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National Average
$45,000
Phoenix
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Indianapolis
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Nashville
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Home to some of the best pay for Chaplains, New York offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Chaplains can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+18 percent), Baltimore (+16 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (7 percent less) and Dallas (5 percent less).

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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%