Chaplain Salary

Average Chaplains in the United States make around $47K per year. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 61 percent of Chaplains are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chaplains. Some workers in this field — about a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,025 - $67,805
$31K
$47K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,429
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$15.52 - $31.76
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MEDIAN: $22.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,025 - $67,805  
   
Bonus
$202.03 - $5,128  
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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$31,722 - $67,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 504
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$15.52 - $31.76  
   
Overtime
$17.52 - $66.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$202.03 - $5,128  
   
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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$31,722 - $67,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 272

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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.

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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

National Average: $47,230

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 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.

Chaplain Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chaplain?

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
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Chaplain Salaries

▲10%

▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$47,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

Palliative Care
▲2%

▲1%

▲1%

pastoral care
▲1%

Bereavement Counseling
▼0%

Public Speaking
▼0%

National Average
$47,000


Worship Planning and Leading
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 21%