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Child Life Specialist Salary

$51,617 (USD)

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Last updated: May 27, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Child Life Specialist is $51,617 a year and $25 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Child Life Specialist is between $37,808 and $63,119. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Child Life Specialist. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Provides a variety of recreational programs and activities to pediatric patients and families to promote emotional health and optimal development.
  • Assesses the emotional and medical needs of assigned patient and families to determine the support needed.
  • Typically requires a bachelor's degree in a related field and one year of experience working with hospitalized children.
Child Life Specialist Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Counselors, All Other

Job family population: 27,150

Estimated population of Child Life Specialist jobs: 25,008

Rate of error: 3.4%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Description: The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles (10.1 million km2). With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City...

Child Life Specialist Job Listings for United States

Child & Family Specialist - Wraparound
May 17
Van Nuys, CA, USA
Assists facilitators in their work with Child and Family Teams by collaborating in the development ... life.
CAP - Child Care Solutions Specialist
Mar 7
Austin, TX, USA
C2 Global Professional Services, LLC
... Life Insurance ü Short and Long Term Disability ü Pet Insurance Position: Child Care Solutions Specialist Salary: $17/hr Overview: Under close supervision, this position arranges child care ...
Manager of Family Life Ministries
May 24
Portland, OR, USA
Portland Rescue Mission
Family Life Center Work Location : Shepherd's Door Reports to : Director of Women's & Children ... intake specialist regarding capacity. * Partners with local schools to ensure child's success ...
Program Specialist
Apr 30
Redwood City, United States
KinderCare Education
From our National Support Center, to the classrooms where learning comes to life, we're united by a ... Discounted child care * Generous paid time off * Education assistance and reimbursement * Medical ...
LWR-Child Care Solutions Technician
May 13
Weslaco, TX, USA
C2 GPS- Lower Rio Grande Workforce
Life Insurance * Short and Long Term Disability * Pet Insurance JOB TITLE: Child Care Solutions ... Specialist. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: * Maintains a smooth flow of outgoing/incoming mail from ...
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