Hospital Chaplain Salary
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.
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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.
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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.
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