Chaplain Salary

Chaplains in the United States can expect to earn an average of $46K per year. Pay generally varies between $32K and $62K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — close to one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. There are more male Chaplains than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 61 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,748 - $64,011

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$15.57 - $27.71

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,748 - $64,011  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,663  
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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$31,542 - $62,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 709
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.57 - $27.71  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,663  
   
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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$31,542 - $62,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 384
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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, Hospice Care, Public Speaking, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Counseling also know Public Speaking and Hospice Care. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Chaplains — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. Chaplains bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Chaplains in search of higher pay head to America's three biggest cities. Perhaps not surprisingly, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago all offer salaries above the national rate. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Nashville, 9 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (8 percent lower) and Dallas (4 percent lower).

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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
up arrow 2%

Public Speaking
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Counseling
0%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 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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