Hospital Chaplain Salary

For Hospital Chaplains, annual average wages total $45K per year. Earnings sit near $35K on the lower side but can approach $63K per year on the higher side. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men working as Hospital Chaplains who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding.

$33,987 - $63,890
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,051
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$17.42 - $30.45
(Median)
$17
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,987 - $63,890  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
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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$34,738 - $63,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$17.42 - $30.45  
   
Overtime
$6.75 - $33.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
   
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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$34,738 - $63,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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Job Description for Hospital Chaplain

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Hospital Chaplain


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For Hospital Chaplains, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Hospital Chaplains earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Chaplain.

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Typical Hospital Chaplains report a focused set of job skills. Patient Counseling and Bereavement Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $43K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $47K. Hospital Chaplains claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Patient Counseling
up arrow 11%


Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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