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. The pay spectrum stretches from $29K to $53K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,137 - $52,490
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,743
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$12.84 - $25.75
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,137 - $52,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
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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$29,453 - $52,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
   
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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$29,453 - $52,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Child Life Specialists. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $38K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Child Life Specialists make a median salary of $46K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $64K.

Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 62%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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