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Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Child Life Specialists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $39K annually. Pay ranges from $29K on the low end to $54K per year on the high end. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$29,923 - $53,848
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,225
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$12.50 - $26.18
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,923 - $53,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
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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$29,120 - $53,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $26.18  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $27.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
   
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).
)
$29,120 - $53,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Child Life Specialist (CCLS)

  • Educate family and staff on techniques.
  • Develop and evaluate treatment plans for children.
  • Help children understand medical care, diagnosis and procedures.
  • Accompany children through medical procedures.
  • Utilize stress reduction techniques via play therapy to facilitate coping with illness or disability.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Life Specialist (CCLS)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Child Life Specialists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $37K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $39K. For Child Life Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $64K on average.

Experience Affects Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 64%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%