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. Earnings sit near $29K on the lower side but can approach $53K per year on the higher side. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$30,114 - $53,102

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$12.95 - $25.95

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,114 - $53,102  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
Total Pay (?
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$29,485 - $53,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $25.95  
   
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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$29,485 - $53,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $38K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $41K. Child Life Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
47%
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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