Hospital Chaplain Salary
Hospital Chaplains in the United States take home an average $47K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Hospital Chaplains (64 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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|Salary||$30,913 - $65,043|
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|$30,329 - $63,896|
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|Hourly Rate||$14.18 - $29.45|
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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.Read More...
Hospital chaplains may help patients to obtain spiritual peace at the end of life, and help their loved ones to start a healing process at that time. Patience is an important quality in this position, as sometimes patients and families may be grieving or even angry at the circumstances. In some cases, hospital chaplains may obtain permission for organ donation or withdrawing life support from a religious view, and they often administer classes to staff members to provide spiritual assistance when necessary. They may also help medical staff to develop individualized plans which incorporate spirituality or provide services such as spiritual counseling and religious services. Complete records of all activities carried out in the job must also be documented for patients' files.
Some hospitals require their chaplains to have a bachelor's or master's degree in theology, and prior experience as a pastor or in a hospital or hospice environment may also be required.
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.
Popular Skills for Hospital Chaplain
Job skills reported by Hospital Chaplains are limited. 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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $44K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. On average, Hospital Chaplains make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $53K on average.
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