|Salary||$31,025 - $67,805|
|Bonus||$202.03 - $5,128|
|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).)
|$31,722 - $67,396|
|Hourly Rate||$15.52 - $31.76|
|Overtime||$17.52 - $66.49|
|Bonus||$202.03 - $5,128|
|Total Pay (||$31,722 - $67,396|
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.Read More...
To work as a chaplain, a person must typically have received a degree in theology within their faith or denomination; chaplains typically are ordained within their faith. With many large hospitals associated with various religious denominations, preference for chaplains frequently is given to those individuals ordained within that group’s belief system. For example, hospitals associated with the Catholic church look to hire Catholic priests, and Jewish hospitals might hire more rabbis. With that said, chaplains need to be familiar with a wide variety of belief systems and be able to offer guidance and comfort as required across this spectrum.
Additionally, many chaplains find utility in receiving formal education in counseling and psychology; many larger hospitals and clinical facilities may prefer their chaplains to have this education to assist in looking after the mental well-being of patients and families. In addition to these educational requirements, chaplains typically need one or more certifications with religious organizations that license individuals to work in this field. The chaplain also must be outgoing, understanding, and possess excellent bedside manner.
- 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Chaplain
U.S. Army offers the largest salaries in town — $78K on average.
Popular Skills for Chaplain
Survey results show that Chaplains use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Palliative Care, Counseling, Hospice Care, and pastoral care are correlated to pay that is above average. Worship Planning and Leading, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those educated in Bereavement Counseling tend to be well versed in 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
Chaplains will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Chaplains will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+8 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Nashville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 10 percent less in San Antonio and 9 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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