Updated August 18, 2021
Average Chaplain Salary
$50,000 yearly
$24.42 hourly

Entry level Salary
$30,000 yearly
$30,000
10 %
$50,000
Median
$84,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$84,000
$7,000
$40
75th Percentile
$66,000
$5,500
$32
Average
$50,793
$4,233
$24
25th Percentile
$38,000
$3,167
$18
10th Percentile
$30,000
$2,500
$14

Average Chaplain Salary By State

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Chaplain average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$53,248
$25.60
Alaska
$50,604
$24.33
Arizona
$59,947
$28.82
Arkansas
$49,751
$23.92
California
$72,501
$34.86
Colorado
$58,317
$28.04
Connecticut
$63,613
$30.58
Delaware
$57,190
$27.50
District of Columbia
$55,245
$26.56
Florida
$41,844
$20.12
Georgia
$52,234
$25.11
Hawaii
$58,173
$27.97
Idaho
$57,214
$27.51
Illinois
$54,523
$26.21
Indiana
$47,031
$22.61
Iowa
$58,645
$28.19
Kansas
$58,151
$27.96
Kentucky
$48,910
$23.51
Louisiana
$49,604
$23.85
Maine
$66,683
$32.06
Maryland
$61,471
$29.55
Massachusetts
$63,811
$30.68
Michigan
$49,412
$23.76
Minnesota
$60,707
$29.19
Mississippi
$58,997
$28.36
Missouri
$49,531
$23.81
Montana
$53,467
$25.71
Nebraska
$59,579
$28.64
Nevada
$56,720
$27.27
New Hampshire
$61,862
$29.74
New Jersey
$62,525
$30.06
New Mexico
$50,264
$24.17
New York
$66,272
$31.86
North Carolina
$48,279
$23.21
North Dakota
$55,278
$26.58
Ohio
$55,388
$26.63
Oklahoma
$59,534
$28.62
Oregon
$59,628
$28.67
Pennsylvania
$51,775
$24.89
Rhode Island
$60,178
$28.93
South Carolina
$48,755
$23.44
South Dakota
$61,398
$29.52
Tennessee
$49,839
$23.96
Texas
$50,130
$24.10
Utah
$52,735
$25.35
Vermont
$51,972
$24.99
Virginia
$48,376
$23.26
Washington
$61,366
$29.50
West Virginia
$61,310
$29.48
Wisconsin
$56,411
$27.12
Wyoming
$54,787
$26.34

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Highest Paying Cities For Chaplain

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Palo Alto, CA
$80,029
$38.48
Portland, ME
$67,536
$32.47
New York, NY
$66,494
$31.97
Boston, MA
$63,898
$30.72
Farmington, CT
$63,502
$30.53
Medford, OR
$62,615
$30.10

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How much does a Chaplain make?

  • The average chaplain makes $50,793 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a chaplain is $24.42.
  • The average entry-level chaplain salary is $30,000.
  • Highest paying states for chaplain are California ($72,501), Maine ($66,683), New York ($72,501) and Massachusetts ($72,501).
  • Highest paying cities for chaplain are Palo Alto, CA ($80,029), Portland, ME, New York, NY, Boston, MA and Farmington, CT.
  • Chaplains on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $30,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $84,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $66,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $38,000
  • Industries with the highest chaplain salaries are telecommunication, health care and non profits.

Average Chaplain Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $50,800
    $24.42
    +3.9%
    2020
    $48,800
    $23.48
    +2.9%
    2019
    $47,400
    $22.80
    +3.3%
    2018
    $45,900
    $22.06
    +0.7%
    2017
    $45,600
    $21.91
    +0.3%

    How Much Do Chaplains Make In Different Industries?

    Chaplain salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with telecommunication, health care, and non profits companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a chaplain can make a yearly salary of $58,311 while working for telecommunication companies. All the while, other chaplains are making $56,765 at health care companies and $53,919 at non profits companies. One industry chaplains may want to avoid is the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $45,542.
    RankIndustryAverage Chaplain SalaryChaplain Salary Range
    1Telecommunication
    $58,311
    $36k
    $78k
    2Health Care
    $56,765
    $36k
    $78k
    3Non Profits
    $53,919
    $36k
    $78k
    4Government
    $45,542
    $36k
    $78k

    High Paying Chaplain Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Pastor

    Avg. salary: $39,091

    Pastors are considered the leader of a church whose primary role is to give sermons to church members. They also have other duties, including conducting worship services, planning weekly sermons, and interpreting scriptures for the congregation. As the church leader, they provide counseling and care to their members and offer support in times of crisis. Their job also allows them to officiate at special events like weddings, baptisms, and confirmations. Also, they are responsible for overseeing and supporting congregation staff and ensuring the functionality of church facilities.
    14 Pastor Jobs
    Youth Pastor

    Avg. salary: $38,245

    A Youth Pastor is focused on offering spiritual guidance. They also ensure that the youth ministry is functioning in an effective and focused manner.
    1,784 Youth Pastor Jobs
    Youth Minister

    Avg. salary: $39,634

    A Youth Minister encourages young people to learn more about a given faith and to become more involved in spiritual life. They may be responsible for planning activities and leading Bible studies.
    1,798 Youth Minister Jobs
    Evangelist

    Avg. salary: $50,302

    The primary job of an evangelist is to spread the gospel message, also known as the evangel. As an evangelist, you will travel from one place to another to preach the word of God. You will proclaim and communicate the gospel of Jesus to the world. You must persuade people to repent their sins and ask God for forgiveness. Your effectiveness as an evangelist will depend on how you preach the gospel. Your role requires preaching without apology. An evangelist acts as an ambassador, whose mission is to share the gospel regularly, naturally, and urgently.
    187 Evangelist Jobs
    Chaplain Resident

    Avg. salary: $35,303

    A Chaplain Resident provides emotional and spiritual care to patients, families, and staff. They help families and other groups of people to deal with issues of crisis, grief, death, and bereavement.
    6,022 Chaplain Resident Jobs
    Hospice Chaplain

    Avg. salary: $52,564

    A Hospice Chaplain provides care and comfort to patients nearing the end of life because of terminal illnesses. They collaborate with the community and the care team to ensure that care is in accord with the patient's faith.
    9,072 Hospice Chaplain Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Pastor
    $39,092
    $3,258
    $18.79
    14
    Youth Pastor
    $38,245
    $3,187
    $18.39
    1,784
    Youth Minister
    $39,634
    $3,303
    $19.05
    1,798
    Evangelist
    $50,302
    $4,192
    $24.18
    187
    Chaplain Resident
    $35,304
    $2,942
    $16.97
    6,022
    Hospice Chaplain
    $52,564
    $4,380
    $25.27
    9,072
    Job Openings

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    Which Companies Pay Chaplains The Most?

    To earn a high income as a chaplain, working for Kettering Health Network or UC Health might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like WellStar Health System and Chapters Health System report highly competitive wages for chaplains.
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    Recently Added Chaplain Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Centura Health
    Chaplain Priest PRN (AS Needed)
    Chaplain Priest PRN (AS Needed)
    Colorado Springs, CO
    08/31/2021
    $52,738
    08/31/2021
    Chaplain
    Phoenix, AZ
    08/30/2021
    $59,480
    08/30/2021
    Uc Health
    Chaplain I
    Chaplain I
    Greeley, CO
    08/28/2021
    $47,041
    08/28/2021
    Chaplain Days)
    Redmond, OR
    08/27/2021
    $55,639
    08/27/2021
    State of Florida
    Fdc-Chaplain-F/C-70920672 Hamilton Correctional Institution
    Fdc-Chaplain-F/C-70920672 Hamilton Correctional Institution
    Jasper, FL
    08/25/2021
    $31,305
    08/25/2021
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Fdc-Ops Chaplain Fc-70900519-Liberty Correctional Institution
    Fdc-Ops Chaplain Fc-70900519-Liberty Correctional Institution
    Quincy, MA
    08/25/2021
    $31,305
    08/25/2021
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Fdc-Chaplain-F/C-70920672 Hamilton Correctional Institution
    Fdc-Chaplain-F/C-70920672 Hamilton Correctional Institution
    Jasper, IN
    08/25/2021
    $31,305
    08/25/2021
    Texas Health Resources
    Chaplain PRN-Texas Health Denton
    Chaplain PRN-Texas Health Denton
    Denton, TX
    08/24/2021
    $47,688
    08/24/2021
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Chaplain I, II-Area Muslim Chaplain
    Chaplain I, II-Area Muslim Chaplain
    Abilene, TX
    08/23/2021
    $40,458
    08/23/2021
    State of North Carolina
    Chaplain I-NC Dept. of Public Safety-Wake County
    Chaplain I-NC Dept. of Public Safety-Wake County
    Raleigh, NC
    08/21/2021
    $39,611
    08/21/2021

    Average Chaplain Salary by Demographic

    Chaplain Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $45,649
    female-income
    Female Income
    $43,607
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$45,649
    Female$43,607
    Median Chaplain Income by Race
    Black or african american chaplains have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian chaplains have the lowest average salary at $42,110.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$45,602
    Black or African American$46,201
    Asian$42,110
    Hispanic or Latino$43,160
    Average Chaplain Salary by Education Level
    Chaplains with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $47,378 annually. With a Masters degree, chaplains earn a median annual income of $45,649 compared to $42,981 for chaplains with an Bachelors degree.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$45,649
    Bachelor's Degree$42,981
    Doctorate Degree$47,378