Hospital Chaplain Salary

Hospital Chaplains in the United States can expect wages of $45K annually on average. Lower pay rates hover around $35K, and the higher rates verge on $64K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Male Hospital Chaplains are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,497 - $63,890
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,428
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90%

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$18.21 - $30.57
(Median)
$18
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,497 - $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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$35,449 - $63,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$18.21 - $30.57  
   
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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$35,449 - $63,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64

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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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Hospital Chaplains who transition into an upper level Chaplain position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Chaplain makes $43K a year.

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Hospital Chaplains only report a few specific skills. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in Counseling, Patient Counseling and Bereavement Counseling abilities will see corresponding pay increases between 6 percent and 14 percent. Those with knowledge of Bereavement Counseling tend to be skilled in Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

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


For Hospital Chaplains, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $43K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $46K on average. Hospital Chaplains who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $54K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 14%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 11%


National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 20%