Hospital Chaplain Salary

Median pay for Hospital Chaplains in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $45K annually. Compensation ranges from $35K on the lower end to $63K per year on the higher end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Hospital Chaplains largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Hospital Chaplains (56 percent) who responded to the survey.

$34,036 - $63,790
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,163
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50%
90%

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$17.42 - $30.45
(Median)
$17
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,036 - $63,790  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
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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$34,761 - $63,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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 - $505  
   
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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$34,761 - $63,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Hospital Chaplains who go on to become Chaplains may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Chaplain, an upper-level role, pays $43K.

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Hospital Chaplains who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Patient Counseling and Bereavement Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $43K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $47K. Hospital Chaplains see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Hospital Chaplains reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $54K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

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 10%


Counseling
up arrow 1%

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
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 19%
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