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 annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $30K, and the top verges on $54K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$30,095 - $53,202
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$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,674
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$13.00 - $26.61
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$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,095 - $53,202  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
Total Pay (?
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$29,645 - $53,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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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$29,645 - $53,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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. Child Life Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $64K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

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
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 6%
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