Hospital Chaplains in the United States can expect to earn an average of $47K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Hospital Chaplains like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men account for the majority of Hospital Chaplains who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$30,913 - $66,104
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$47K
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MEDIAN: $47,300
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$14.33 - $30.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,913 - $66,104  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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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$30,445 - $65,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.33 - $30.77  
   
Overtime
$39.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$30,445 - $65,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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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

  • Assist patients and their families with preparing and dealing with the terminally ill.
  • Provide spiritual and emotional help to patients from all cultures and beliefs.
  • Coordinate spiritual and bereavement services for patients.

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 $44K a year.

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Popular Skills for Hospital Chaplain


Hospital Chaplains who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Palliative Care, Counseling, Bereavement Counseling, and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Bereavement Counseling also know Counseling and Palliative Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. For Hospital Chaplains, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $55K.

Hospital Chaplain Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Hospital Chaplain in Bethlehem:
"How much I don't know."
Do not come into the field with the answers. You don't even know the questions - simply come a be a Presence.

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Key Stats for Hospital Chaplain

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%


Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Palliative Care
up arrow 11%

Counseling
up arrow 10%

Bereavement Counseling
0%

National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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