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Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salary

Child Life Specialists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $39K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $29K, and the top verges on $53K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Child Life Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage.

$29,788 - $51,805
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,456
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50%
90%

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$12.94 - $26.43
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,788 - $51,805  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
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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$29,319 - $53,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$12.94 - $26.43  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $27.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
   
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).
)
$29,319 - $53,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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.

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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.


For many Child Life Specialists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. During the first five years of their careers, Child Life Specialists see a median income of $38K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Child Life Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $64K.

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Experience Affects Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 62%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 7%
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