Hospital Chaplain Salary

Hospital Chaplains in the United States pull down an average of $46K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $35K, and the top verges on $64K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Hospital Chaplains largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Hospital Chaplains (54 percent) who responded to the survey.

$34,565 - $64,250
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,779
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$16.29 - $30.56
(Median)
$16
$23
$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
$34,565 - $64,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
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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$34,541 - $63,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$16.29 - $30.56  
   
Overtime
$28.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$34,541 - $63,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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Job Description for Hospital Chaplain

Hospital chaplains are religious ministers who help to provide spiritual comfort for patients and their families. They may read from religious texts or provide practical teaching or prayers, and some hospitals may have different chaplains for different religions. This job can be stressful, as hospital chaplains are often present during difficult times for loved ones of the deceased, and spiritual assessments may be carried out to focus on things such as mental, physical, or emotional challenges.

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Hospital Chaplain Tasks

  • 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 go on to become Chaplains may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Chaplain, an upper-level role, pays $43K.

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Popular Skills for Hospital Chaplain


Hospital Chaplains who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Bereavement Counseling, Counseling, and Patient Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Patient Counseling. Most people familiar with Bereavement Counseling also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $48K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $53K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Patient Counseling
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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