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Working As a Chaplain

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Chaplain Do

A Chaplain is responsible for providing spiritual guidance and support to soldiers, families, and other groups of people in a wide range of challenging environments. Their primary duties include performing religious services and leading prayers.

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Chaplain Career Paths

Chaplain
Counselor Therapist
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Therapist Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Counselor Social Worker Therapist
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Project Manager Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Manager Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Supervisor Case Manager
Clinical Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Ambulatory Care Coordinator Office Manager Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Ambulatory Care Coordinator Office Manager Assistant Director
Acting Director
8 Yearsyrs
Ambulatory Care Coordinator Supervisor Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Leader Director Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Leader Assistant Director Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Leader Manager Program Director
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Program Manager Program Director
Department Director
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Senior Technician Specialist Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Hospital Chaplain Senior Pastor Worship Leader
Associate Pastor
7 Yearsyrs
Worship Leader Associate Pastor
Adult Ministries Director
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader President Youth Director
Christian Education Director
6 Yearsyrs
Worship Leader Youth Director Youth Ministry Director
Religious Education Director
8 Yearsyrs
Deputy Intelligence Officer Division Chief
Chief Of Service
7 Yearsyrs
Facilitator Clinician Psychotherapist
Health Unit Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
College Chaplain 5.5 years
Priest 4.7 years
Chaplain 4.0 years
School Chaplain 3.5 years
Hospital Chaplain 3.2 years
Hospice Chaplain 3.2 years
Chaplain Resident 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Chaplain
Internship 14.3%
Pastor 13.8%
Teacher 4.7%
Director 4.1%
Minister 3.9%
Volunteer 3.5%
Counselor 2.7%
Instructor 2.5%
Associate 2.5%

Missionary

1.9%
Top Careers After Chaplain
Pastor 15.9%
Internship 8.2%
Minister 4.5%
Director 3.8%
Volunteer 3.8%
Teacher 3.2%
Counselor 3.1%
Associate 2.5%
President 2.5%
Priest 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$55,000
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$40,000
Min 10%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Aurora Medical Group
Highest Paying City
Portland, ME
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Chaplain make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Chaplain in the United States is $55,840 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $77,000.

Real Chaplain Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chaplain, Palliative Care Team Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Jan 11, 2016 $87,600
Chaplain, Palliative Care Team Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $87,600
University Multi-Faith Chaplain University of The Pacific Stockton, CA Jul 01, 2012 $70,500
Chaplain UCSF Medical Center San Francisco, CA Oct 18, 2010 $62,610
Catholic/Interfaith Chaplain Stanford Health Care Palo Alto, CA Aug 02, 2016 $60,403 -
$99,756
Staff Chaplain Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Melrose Park, IL Aug 15, 2011 $56,954
Chaplain Advocate Home Health Services Des Plaines, IL Jun 01, 2014 $55,306 -
$59,480
Chaplain Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC Aug 15, 2011 $55,180
Pediatric Chaplain Texas Children's Hospital Houston, TX Jan 01, 2012 $55,078
Chaplain Kettering Health Network Kettering, OH May 01, 2015 $55,000
Chaplain-Catholic The University of Vermont Medical Center, Inc. Burlington, VT Dec 09, 2016 $54,641
Chaplain-Catholic University of Vermont Medical Center Saint Albans, VT Jan 23, 2015 $53,040
Chaplain Methodist Health System Dallas, TX Jun 01, 2010 $49,316
Chaplain Essex County Sheriff's Department Middleton, MA Oct 01, 2012 $49,237
Chaplain Methodist Health System Dallas, TX Dec 27, 2009 $49,150
Muslim Chaplain Tufts University Medford, MA Jul 01, 2012 $48,523
Muslim Chaplain Tufts University Medford, MA Aug 01, 2011 $48,523
Chaplain Vitas Healthcare of Pa Blue Bell, PA Nov 02, 2009 $47,986
Chaplain Vitas Hospice Services, LLC Boynton Beach, FL Nov 24, 2010 $41,220 -
$44,220
Chaplain (Clergy) Hebrew Rehabilitation Center/Hebrew Seniorlife MA Mar 12, 2012 $41,184
Chaplain (Clergy) Hebrew Rehabilitation Center/Hebrew Seniorlife MA Feb 06, 2012 $41,184
Muslim Chaplain Tufts University Medford, MA Jul 01, 2012 $40,947
Muslim Chaplain Tufts University Medford, MA Jul 31, 2012 $40,947
Muslim Chaplain Tufts University Medford, MA Jul 01, 2010 $40,133
Chaplain Ignatian Spirituality Project Chicago, IL Sep 01, 2013 $40,000

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Top Skills for A Chaplain

  1. Pastoral Care
  2. Spiritual Needs
  3. Chaplains
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented and provided tools for assessing and identifying spiritual resources of patients as well as monitoring and documenting pastoral care provided.
  • Facilitate the development of the individualized plan of care by participating in the comprehensive assessment to meet identified spiritual needs.
  • Developed and implemented an educational training program for pastors and qualified individuals to be volunteer chaplains.
  • Completed and provided ongoing spiritual care assessments on each assigned hospice patients and assess the patient/family/caregiver's spiritual care needs.
  • Provide education regarding signs and symptoms associated with disease progression and anticipatory grief.

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Top 10 Best States for Chaplains

  1. Maine
  2. Alaska
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Indiana
  5. Connecticut
  6. West Virginia
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Mississippi
  9. Delaware
  10. Louisiana
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Chaplain Resume Examples And Tips

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Chaplain Demographics

Gender

Male

60.1%

Female

27.8%

Unknown

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.5%

French

9.6%

German

4.8%

Hebrew

3.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

Italian

3.4%

Korean

2.7%

Greek

2.7%

Arabic

2.1%

Chinese

1.7%

Mandarin

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Dakota

1.4%

Carrier

1.0%

Dutch

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Swedish

0.3%

Tagalog

0.3%

Telugu

0.3%

Turkish

0.3%
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Chaplain Education

Schools

Liberty University

16.9%

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

8.4%

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

7.6%

Andrews University

6.0%

Fuller Theological Seminary

5.5%

Chicago Theological Seminary

5.4%

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

5.0%

Interdenominational Theological Center

4.7%

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

4.6%

Princeton Theological Seminary

4.2%

Oral Roberts University

3.8%

Emory University

3.7%

Asbury Theological Seminary

3.7%

Regent University

3.2%

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

3.2%

Luther Seminary

3.1%

Denver Seminary

3.0%

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

2.8%

University of Phoenix

2.6%

United Theological Seminary

2.6%
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Majors

Theology

42.7%

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

9.6%

Mental Health Counseling

8.0%

Business

4.6%

Religion

4.5%

School Counseling

4.5%

Psychology

3.5%

Education

3.3%

Biblical Studies

3.1%

Social Work

2.4%

Clinical Psychology

1.9%

Family Therapy

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

History

1.5%

Counseling Psychology

1.4%

Communication

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.3%

Nursing

1.2%

Philosophy

1.2%

English

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

46.2%

Bachelors

19.7%

Other

18.6%

Doctorate

9.7%

Certificate

2.8%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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