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Chaplain Salary

Pay for Chaplains in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $31K, and the top verges on $62K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Chaplains claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Chaplains (60 percent) survey respondents are male. About a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,276 - $62,601
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $45,171
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$15.27 - $27.86
(Median)
$15
$21
$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
$30,276 - $62,601  
   
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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$31,061 - $61,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.27 - $27.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.18  
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 - $1,689  
   
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).
)
$31,061 - $61,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376

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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Chaplains who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Bereavement Counseling, Hospice Care, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in 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.


Chaplains do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median 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), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). Nashville is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and Atlanta 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
$45,000


Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

Bereavement Counseling
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Hospice Care
up arrow 3%

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Counseling
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

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: 24%