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Chaplain Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$55,000
$40,000
$55,000
$77,000
Chaplains in the United States make an average salary of $55,840 per year or $26.85 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $40,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $77,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Jersey provide the highest chaplain salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Boston, MA
$78,925
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Map of Chaplain Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Chaplains earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Chaplain Salary By Location

While a chaplain can average a salary of $55,840 per year, or $26.85 per hour, there are many opportunities for chaplains to make more. For example, in Portland, ME you might make $79,441 per year. Other high-paying locations include Boston, MA, Sacramento, CA and Hartford, CT. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Portland, ME where the average starting salary is $46,000. The highest paying states for chaplains include Alaska, Maine and Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Virginia, Minnesota, and Montana offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Portland, ME
Portland, ME
$79,441
$79k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$78,925
$79k
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento, CA
$78,002
$78k
Hartford, CT
Hartford, CT
$72,846
$73k
Reno, NV
Reno, NV
$72,573
$73k
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee, WI
$71,583
$72k
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland, OH
$71,376
$71k
Saint Louis, MO
Saint Louis, MO
$68,020
$68k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$65,638
$66k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$62,264
$62k

High Paying Chaplain Jobs

Average Chaplain Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a chaplain, working for Aurora Medical Group or Allina Health System might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Community Health Network and PeaceHealth report highly competitive salaries for chaplains.

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Chaplain Salary History

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    Average Chaplain Pay By Industry

    Chaplain salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with government, health care, and finance companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a chaplain can make a yearly salary of $59,649 while working for government companies. All the while, other chaplains are making $56,127 at health care companies and $55,354 at finance companies. One industry chaplains may want to avoid is the media industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $53,083.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Government
    Government
    $59,649
    $60k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $56,127
    $56k
    Finance
    Finance
    $55,354
    $55k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $53,104
    $53k
    Media
    Media
    $53,083
    $53k

    Recently Added Chaplain Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Fdc-Senior Chaplain-F/C-70001740 Central Florida Reception Center
    Fdc-Senior Chaplain-F/C-70001740 Central Florida Reception Center
    Fdc-Senior Chaplain-F/C-70001740 Central Florida Reception Center
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando, FL
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $30,989
    $30,989
    10/30/2020
    Fdc-Senior Chaplain-F/C-70001740 Central Florida Reception Center
    Fdc-Senior Chaplain-F/C-70001740 Central Florida Reception Center
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando, FL
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $30,989
    $30,989
    10/30/2020
    Chaplain PRN
    Chaplain PRN
    Arlington, TX
    Arlington, TX
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $47,688
    $47,688
    10/29/2020
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Fdc-Chaplain-F/C-70930602 Hardee Correctional Institution
    Fdc-Chaplain-F/C-70930602 Hardee Correctional Institution
    Fdc-Chaplain-F/C-70930602 Hardee Correctional Institution
    Bowling Green, KY
    Bowling Green, KY
    10/25/2020
    10/25/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/25/2020
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Chaplain I, II
    Chaplain I, II
    Chaplain I, II
    Huntsville, TX
    Huntsville, TX
    10/24/2020
    10/24/2020
    $40,458
    $40,458
    10/24/2020
    Chaplain I
    Chaplain I
    Wadesboro, NC
    Wadesboro, NC
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $39,611
    $39,611
    10/23/2020
    Chaplain PRN
    Chaplain PRN
    Alliance, OH
    Alliance, OH
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $47,688
    $47,688
    10/23/2020
    Uconn Health Center
    Uconn Health Center
    SP-Chaplain
    SP-Chaplain
    SP-Chaplain
    Farmington, CT
    Farmington, CT
    10/20/2020
    10/20/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    10/20/2020
    State of Nevada
    State of Nevada
    Institutional Chaplain
    Institutional Chaplain
    Institutional Chaplain
    Nevada
    Nevada
    10/20/2020
    10/20/2020
    $49,152
    $49,152
    10/20/2020
    Chaplain Associate
    Chaplain Associate
    Silverton, OR
    Silverton, OR
    10/19/2020
    10/19/2020
    $56,620
    $56,620
    10/19/2020