Hospital Chaplain Salary

Earnings for Hospital Chaplains in the United States come in at around $47K per year on average. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. More than half of Hospital Chaplains (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,270 - $63,870
$31K
$47K
$64K
MEDIAN: $47,476
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$14.44 - $29.23
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$23
$29
MEDIAN: $22.66
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$0$63K
Salary $31,270 - $63,870
Bonus $1,017
Total Pay (?
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$30,648 - $62,821
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 133
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $14.44 - $29.23
Overtime $35.05
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $1,017
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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$30,648 - $62,821
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 58

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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.

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Hospital Chaplains' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Chaplain. Median pay for Chaplains is $44K.

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Popular Skills for Hospital Chaplain


Hospital Chaplains typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Palliative Care, Counseling, Patient Counseling, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Bereavement Counseling also know Counseling and Palliative Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

Pay by Experience for a Hospital Chaplain has a positive trend. An entry-level Hospital Chaplain with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 98 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Hospital Chaplain with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Hospital Chaplain which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 53 salaries. A Hospital Chaplain with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 31 salaries.

Hospital Chaplain Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Hospital Chaplain?

Hospital Chaplain in Austin:
"Spiritual health giv."
Pros: Giving hope being there for the bereaved.
Cons: When young children can't understand why love ones have to die and the hurt they go through.

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Key Stats for Hospital Chaplain

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

▲12%

▲7%

▲6%

National Average
$47,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Palliative Care
▲11%

Counseling
▲2%


National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 14%
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