Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salary

Women account for the majority of Child Life Specialists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $40K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $30K, and the higher rates verge on $54K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Child Life Specialists is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,037 - $53,001
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,674
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90%

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$13.00 - $26.61
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,037 - $53,001  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
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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$29,623 - $53,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $26.61  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $27.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
   
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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$29,623 - $53,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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

  • 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.


Child Life Specialists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $38K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. On average, Child Life Specialists make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Child Life Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $64K.

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Experience Affects Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 5%
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