Hospital Chaplains in the United States take home approximately $47K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. There are more male Hospital Chaplains than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 64 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Hospital Chaplains. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$30,325 - $66,193
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,837
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$13.91 - $30.62
(Median)
$14
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,325 - $66,193  
   
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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$29,808 - $65,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $30.62  
   
Overtime
$33.80  
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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$29,808 - $65,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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

  • 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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For Hospital Chaplains, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Hospital Chaplains earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Chaplain.

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Popular Skills for Hospital Chaplain


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Hospital Chaplains who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Palliative Care, Counseling, Bereavement Counseling, and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Bereavement Counseling are similarly competent in Counseling and Palliative Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Hospital Chaplains — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Hospital Chaplains claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $55K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 8%


National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Palliative Care
up arrow 13%

Counseling
up arrow 11%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$47,000

Patient Counseling
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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