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Hospital Chaplain Salary

An average Hospital Chaplain in the United States can expect to take home roughly $45K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $35K, and the higher rates verge on $63K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Hospital Chaplains are happy with their jobs. Men make up a slight majority of Hospital Chaplains (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$34,532 - $63,496
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $45,177
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50%
90%

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$17.79 - $30.55
(Median)
$18
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,532 - $63,496  
   
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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$35,219 - $63,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$17.79 - $30.55  
   
Overtime
$6.75 - $33.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$35,219 - $63,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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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Many Hospital Chaplains move into a Chaplain role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Chaplains on average bring in a similar salary to Hospital Chaplains.

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Survey takers who work as Hospital Chaplains usually report a few specific skills. Patient Counseling and Bereavement Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Bereavement Counseling and Counseling are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

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


Hospital Chaplains with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $43K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $46K. Hospital Chaplains see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $54K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Patient Counseling
up arrow 12%


Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 20%
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