Women comprise the majority of Child Life Specialists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $41K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$30,584 - $51,546
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$41K
$52K
MEDIAN: $40,775
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$13.21 - $25.76
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MEDIAN: $19.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,584 - $51,546  
   
Bonus
$2,300  
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$30,131 - $52,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.21 - $25.76  
   
Overtime
$23.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$2,300  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,131 - $52,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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

  • Accompany children through medical procedures.
  • Utilize stress reduction techniques via play therapy to facilitate coping with illness or disability.
  • Help children understand medical care, diagnosis and procedures.
  • Educate family and staff on techniques.
  • Develop and evaluate treatment plans for children.

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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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $39K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Child Life Specialists make a median salary of $44K. Child Life Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $61K.

Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Child Life Specialist (CCLS)

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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