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.

$30,913 - $65,043
$31K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $47,419
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90%

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$14.18 - $29.45
$14
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$29
MEDIAN: $22.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,913 - $65,043  
   
Bonus
$750  
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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$30,329 - $63,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $29.45  
   
Overtime
$35.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$30,329 - $63,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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.

Common Career Paths for Hospital Chaplain


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Many Hospital Chaplains move into a Chaplain role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Chaplains on average bring in a similar salary to Hospital Chaplains.

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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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Key Stats for Hospital Chaplain

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

▲13%

▲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 17 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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