The average salary for a Child Life Specialist (CCLS) is $38,306 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Total Pay (?
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$29,545 - $50,726
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MEDIAN: $38,306
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Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Total Pay (?
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$12.58 - $26.65
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,545 - $50,726  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
Total Pay (?
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$28,958 - $52,548  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$12.58 - $26.65  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $27.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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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$28,958 - $52,548  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Child Life Specialist (CCLS)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience Affects Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 64%
Experienced
up arrow 35%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$38,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 41 votes.
Gender
Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 13%
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