Chaplain Salary

Chaplains in the United States take home approximately $48K annually on average. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chaplains. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,909 - $68,343
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$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,991
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$15.43 - $30.93
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$0$68K
Salary $32,909 - $68,343
Bonus $201.34 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $250.00
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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$32,743 - $66,931
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 524
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $15.43 - $30.93
Overtime $14.90 - $60.40
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $201.34 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $250.00
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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$32,743 - $66,931
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 300

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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

  • Assist patients and their families with preparing and dealing with the terminally ill.
  • Provide spiritual and emotional help to patients from all cultures and beliefs.
  • Coordinate spiritual and bereavement services for patients.

Chaplain Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Chaplain


U.S. Army attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $78K.

Popular Skills for Chaplain


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Palliative Care, Counseling, Hospice Care, and pastoral care are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Worship Planning and Leading as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people experienced in Bereavement Counseling also know Public Speaking and Hospice Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Chaplain

Pay by Experience for a Chaplain has a positive trend. An entry-level Chaplain with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 360 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chaplain with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 243 salaries. An experienced Chaplain which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 222 salaries. A Chaplain with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 127 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,826

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chaplains will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Chaplains can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Indianapolis (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Chaplain Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chaplain?

Chaplain in San Francisco:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Working with People.
Cons: Being away from my children.

Chaplain in Columbia:
"Experienced counselor and motivational leader/chaplain."
Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions, stress level, the management.
Cons: Morning phisical training,

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Key Stats for Chaplain

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Chaplain Salaries

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$48,000

▼1%

▼5%

Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

▼0%

▼0%

Palliative Care
▼0%

National Average
$48,000

Bereavement Counseling
▼1%

Public Speaking
▼1%

pastoral care
▼1%


Worship Planning and Leading
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 21%
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