Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Child Life Specialists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $40K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,386 - $52,076
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$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $40,088
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$14.45 - $25.64
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MEDIAN: $19.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,386 - $52,076  
   
Bonus
$2,300  
Total Pay (?
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$30,422 - $52,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $25.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.33  
Overtime
$26.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$2,300  
   
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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$30,422 - $52,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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Job Description for Child Life Specialist (CCLS)

A child life specialist (CCLS) works in a hospital and assesses child patients case-by-case, usually in-patient children and those with serious illnesses. These specialists assess what effects an illness and hospitalization have on pediatric patients and their families, and plans are then made in order to help cope, taking into consideration the personality and medical needs of each individual patient.

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Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Life Specialist (CCLS)

Pay by Experience for a Child Life Specialist (CCLS) has a positive trend. An entry-level Child Life Specialist (CCLS) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 120 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Child Life Specialist (CCLS) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 35 salaries. An experienced Child Life Specialist (CCLS) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 20 salaries. A Child Life Specialist (CCLS) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 7 salaries.

Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Child Life Specialist (CCLS)?

Child Life Specialist (CCLS) in Albuquerque:
"Helping children understand how to cope with hospitalization."
Pros: Making a difference in the patient's and families attitude towards treatment and their lives.
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Key Stats for Child Life Specialist (CCLS)

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salaries

Late-Career
▲51%

Mid-Career
▲8%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 11%
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