Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salary

Child Life Specialists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $40K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Child Life Specialists. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,389 - $52,343
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$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $40,489
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$13.30 - $24.80
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MEDIAN: $19.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,389 - $52,343  
   
Bonus
$2,300  
Total Pay (?
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$30,213 - $52,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $24.80  
   
Overtime
$25.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$2,300  
   
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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$30,213 - $52,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $39K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $44K. Child Life Specialists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $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
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Child Life Specialist (CCLS) Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

Mid-Career
▲8%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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