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Hospital Chaplain Salary

Average Hospital Chaplains in the United States make around $45K annually. Compensation ranges from $36K on the lower end to $63K per year on the higher end. Women make up a slight majority of Hospital Chaplains (52 percent) survey respondents. While some workers in this profession — about a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$35,040 - $62,175
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,143
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$17.70 - $30.55
(Median)
$18
$23
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,040 - $62,175  
   
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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$35,627 - $62,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$17.70 - $30.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.37  
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$22K$44K$66K
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).
)
$35,627 - $62,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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 go on to become Chaplains may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Chaplain, an upper-level role, pays $43K.

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Survey takers who work as Hospital Chaplains typically report just a few professional skills. Patient Counseling and Bereavement Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Many workers who know 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.


Hospital Chaplains with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $43K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $46K. Hospital Chaplains see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $51K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Patient Counseling
up arrow 15%


Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 21%