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Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salary

Most Child Life Specialists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $39K per year. Compensation ranges between $29K and $54K per year. The majority of Child Life Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$29,914 - $52,718
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,420
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50%
90%

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$12.90 - $26.61
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,914 - $52,718  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
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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$29,456 - $53,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $26.61  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $27.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
   
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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$29,456 - $53,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Child Life Specialists. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $37K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $41K. Child Life Specialists bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 63%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%