Average Chaplain Salary

$50,127
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$983
Bonus
$400
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The average salary for a Chaplain is $50,127.
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$36k
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$50k
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$68k
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What Do Chaplains Do?

Job Satisfaction for Chaplain

4.4 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Chaplain are from the companies VITAS Healthcare Corporation, Kindred Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente. Reported salaries are highest at Kaiser Permanente where the average pay is $75,983. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Kindred Healthcare, earning around $65,000 and $61,000, respectively. Mercy Hospital pays the lowest at around $45,000. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and Catholic Health Initiatives also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $48,000 and $53,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Chaplains?

Skills in Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Counseling, Patient Counseling, Hospice Care and Bereavement Counseling.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Chaplains?

An entry-level Chaplain with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $42,358 based on 25 salaries. An early career Chaplain with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $47,004 based on 426 salaries. A mid-career Chaplain with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,956 based on 301 salaries. An experienced Chaplain with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,899 based on 303 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $53,315.
Employees with Chaplain in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 24.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (11.9% more) and Houston, Texas (4.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (0.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,278 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.0%
Early Career
33.3%
Mid Career
23.6%
Experienced
23.7%
Late Career
17.4%