Chaplain Salary

The average Chaplain in the United States earns approximately $48K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While roughly a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,580 - $67,856
$32K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,901
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$15.51 - $31.16
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$0$67K
Salary $31,580 - $67,856
Bonus $198.66 - $5,034
Profit Sharing $250.00
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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$32,054 - $66,622
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 517
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $15.51 - $31.16
Overtime $15.00 - $52.29
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $198.66 - $5,034
Profit Sharing $250.00
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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$32,054 - $66,622
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 299

Job Description for Chaplain

A chaplain is typically employed by larger hospitals and healthcare facilities, although they work in other settings (such as the military) as well. The chaplain provides religious counseling and comfort to patients and their families. They work with caregivers and therapists/counselors at these facilities to assist the spiritual needs of anyone requiring assistance.

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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

Chaplain Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Chaplain


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Army offers the most; Chaplains earn $78K on average there.

Popular Skills for Chaplain


Survey results show that Chaplains use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Palliative Care, Counseling, Hospice Care, and pastoral care are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Worship Planning and Leading as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people skilled in Bereavement Counseling are similarly competent in Public Speaking and Hospice Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Chaplain

Pay by Experience for a Chaplain has a positive trend. An entry-level Chaplain with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 360 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chaplain with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 243 salaries. An experienced Chaplain which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 222 salaries. A Chaplain with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 127 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,006

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Chaplains in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chaplains can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Nashville. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Indianapolis (11 percent less).

Chaplain Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chaplain?

Chaplain in San Francisco:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Working with People.
Cons: Being away from my children.

Chaplain in Columbia:
"Experienced counselor and motivational leader/chaplain."
Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions, stress level, the management.
Cons: Morning phisical training,

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Key Stats for Chaplain

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Chaplain Salaries

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$48,000

▼1%

▼6%

Skills That Affect Chaplain Salaries

▼0%

Palliative Care
▼0%

National Average
$48,000

▼1%

Public Speaking
▼1%

pastoral care
▼1%

Bereavement Counseling
▼2%


Worship Planning and Leading
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 21%