Hospital Chaplain Salary

Median pay for Hospital Chaplains in the United States is around $48K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Hospital Chaplains (65 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Hospital Chaplains like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$30,861 - $65,869
$31K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $47,784
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50%
90%

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$14.15 - $29.31
$14
$23
$29
MEDIAN: $22.85
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$0$65K
Salary $30,861 - $65,869
Bonus $1,500
Total Pay (?
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$30,291 - $64,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 127
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $14.15 - $29.31
Overtime $30.10
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $1,500
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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$30,291 - $64,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 55

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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

  • Interact with and build relationships with staff, clients and family members.
  • Document interactions, challenges and program attendance.
  • Work with community and care team to ensure care is in accord with patients' faith.
  • Connect clients to appropriate clergy and counseling opportunities, and facilitate referrals to the hospice.
  • Guide individuals and groups through grief and bereavement counseling and coping strategies.

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


Survey takers who work as Hospital Chaplains report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Palliative Care, Counseling, Patient Counseling, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Bereavement Counseling also know Counseling and Palliative Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Chaplain

Pay by Experience for a Hospital Chaplain has a positive trend. An entry-level Hospital Chaplain with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 98 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Hospital Chaplain with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Hospital Chaplain which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 53 salaries. A Hospital Chaplain with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 31 salaries.

Hospital Chaplain Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Hospital Chaplain?

Hospital Chaplain in Austin:
"Spiritual health giv."
Pros: Giving hope being there for the bereaved.
Cons: When young children can't understand why love ones have to die and the hurt they go through.

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Key Stats for Hospital Chaplain

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Hospital Chaplain Salaries

▲12%

▲6%

▲5%

National Average
$48,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Hospital Chaplain Salaries

Palliative Care
▲10%

Counseling
▲1%


National Average
$48,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 14%
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