Hospital Chaplain Salary

Hospital Chaplains in the United States can expect wages of $45K annually on average. Lower pay rates hover around $35K, and the higher rates verge on $64K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Hospital Chaplains are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance.

$33,758 - $64,298

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$17.42 - $30.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,758 - $64,298  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
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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$34,644 - $63,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$17.42 - $30.45  
   
Overtime
$6.75 - $33.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
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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$34,644 - $63,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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Job Description for Hospital Chaplain

  • 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


Hospital Chaplains who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Patient Counseling and Bereavement Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Bereavement Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in Patient Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

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


For Hospital Chaplains, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hospital Chaplains make a median salary of $47K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $54K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Patient Counseling
up arrow 12%


Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 19%
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