How much does a Child Life Specialist make in the United States? The average Child Life Specialist salary in the United States is $60,064 as of May 28, 2024, but the range typically falls between $53,697 and $67,331. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Child Life Specialist Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Child Life Specialist Salary $47,900 US May 28, 2024
25th Percentile Child Life Specialist Salary $53,697 US May 28, 2024
50th Percentile Child Life Specialist Salary $60,064 US May 28, 2024
75th Percentile Child Life Specialist Salary $67,331 US May 28, 2024
90th Percentile Child Life Specialist Salary $73,948 US May 28, 2024
25% $53,697 10% $47,900 90% $73,948 75% $67,331 $60,064 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Written Communication: Communicating information through written media to educate, inform and influence the target audience.

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CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) combines rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth) and chest compressions to temporarily pump enough blood to the brain until specialized treatment is available.

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Retirement Plans: Retirement Plans involve determining retirement income goals and what's needed to achieve those goals.

Written Communication 3.83%
CPR 4.69%
Retirement Plans 1.45%
Others 90.03%
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Job Description for Child Life Specialist

Child Life Specialist is responsible for the design and implementation of pediatric programs, therapies, and activities among young patients. Works with families to assist in caring for childhood hospitalizations or disabilities. Being a Child Life Specialist monitors child development to ensure normal progression. Provides in-depth care as needed to more urgent cases. Additionally, Child Life Specialist may require a bachelor's degree in area of specialty. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager. To be a Child Life Specialist typically requires 0-2 years of related experience. Works on projects/matters of limited complexity in a support role. Work is closely managed. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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  • Job Description. AREA OF SUPPORT. Inpatient Pediatrics Unit. JOB DESCRIPTION. The Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) functions within the policies, pra...
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  • Job Summary. The Child Life Specialist is responsible for providing therapeutic play opportunities and assisting children with coping skills before, during...
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  • Job Summary. The Child Life Specialist is responsible for providing therapeutic play opportunities and assisting children with coping skills before, during...
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Career Path for Child Life Specialist

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For Child Life Specialist, the first career path typically progresses to Child Life Program Director.

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Child Life Specialist salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Child Life Specialist, the highest Child Life Specialist salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Child Life Specialist salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Child Life Specialist salary is in Miami, FL, where the Child Life Specialist salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-3.5%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-1.3%

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Skills associated with Child Life Specialist: Family Support, Electronic health records (EHR) Software, Children's Activities

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