How much does a Child Life Specialist make?

Updated Sep 17, 2021

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$46,451 /yr
Average Base Pay

147 salaries

$33K

Low

$46K

Average

$65K

High

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The national average salary for Child Life Specialist is $46,451 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Child Life Specialist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 147 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Child Life Specialist employees.

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Mental Health Counselor$46,490 /yr
L3
Mental Health Counselor Supervisor$55,432 /yr
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
4.5

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Child Life Specialist

$54,268

 /yr
Range: $51K - $59K
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$51K

$59K

$51,000 - $59,367 Range

Children's National Hospital
3.6

Children's National Hospital

Child Life Specialist

$54,345

 /yr
Range: $50K - $62K

$50K

$62K

$50,153 - $61,510 Range

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3.8

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Child Life Specialist

$52,950

 /yr
Range: $50K - $62K

$50K

$62K

$50,114 - $62,000 Range

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
4.3

$58K

$89K

$58,046 - $89,120 Range

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
3.8

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Child Life Specialist

$42,679

 /yr
Range: $42K - $50K

$42K

$50K

$42,000 - $49,932 Range

Children's Hospital of Michigan
2.9

Children's Hospital of Michigan

Child Life Specialist

$47,848

 /yr
Range: $43K - $49K

$43K

$49K

$42,779 - $48,874 Range

Banner Health
3.4

Banner Health

Child Life Specialist - Hourly

$24

 /hr
Range: $21 - $25

$21

$25

$21 - $25 Range

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital
4.1

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Child Life Specialist

$44,265

 /yr
Range: $41K - $64K

$41K

$64K

$40,632 - $63,737 Range

Sanford Health
3.4

Sanford Health

Child Life Specialist

$44,691

 /yr
Range: $41K - $45K

$41K

$45K

$40,659 - $44,691 Range

Texas Children's Hospital
4.1

Texas Children's Hospital

Child Life Specialist

$52,855

 /yr
Range: $46K - $61K

$46K

$61K

$45,559 - $61,487 Range

Cook Children's Health Care System
4.2

Cook Children's Health Care System

Child Life Specialist - Hourly

$24

 /hr
Range: $21 - $26

$21

$26

$21 - $26 Range

Arkansas Children's
4.4

Arkansas Children's

Child Life Specialist - Hourly

$18

 /hr
Range: $18 - $21

$18

$21

$18 - $21 Range

Community Services Agency
3.4

Community Services Agency

Child Life Specialist - Hourly

$18

 /hr
Range: $18 - $18

$18

$18

$18 - $18 Range

Boston Children's Hospital
4

Boston Children's Hospital

Child Life Specialist - Hourly
About 

$23 -$30

 hourly

$23

$30

$23 - $30 Range

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
3.8

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Child Life Specialist - Hourly
About 

$15 -$18

 hourly

$15

$18

$15 - $18 Range

Ochsner Health
3.8

Ochsner Health

Child Life Specialist - Hourly
About 

$15 -$17

 hourly

$15

$17

$15 - $17 Range

NYC Health + Hospitals
3.6

NYC Health + Hospitals

Child Life Specialist
About 

$68K -$73K

$68K

$73K

$67,971 - $73,182 Range

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
3.6

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Child Life Specialist
About 

$36K -$53K

$36K

$53K

$35,758 - $52,839 Range

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
3.6

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Child Life Specialist - Hourly
About 

$21 -$28

 hourly

$21

$28

$21 - $28 Range

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
3.9

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Child Life Specialist - Hourly
About 

$26 -$30

 hourly

$26

$30

$26 - $30 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Child Life Specialist salaries

The national average salary for a Child Life Specialist is $46,451 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Child Life Specialist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 147 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Child Life Specialist employees.

The highest salary for a Child Life Specialist in United States is $64,773 per year.

The lowest salary for a Child Life Specialist in United States is $33,311 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

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$14
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A Youth Counselor in the Atlanta, GA Area area reported making $14 per hour
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Atlanta, GA Area area
Part-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$38,000
per year
A Youth Counselor in the Austin, TX Area area reported making $38,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Austin, TX Area area
Full-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$36
hourly
A Mental Health Counselor in the Gainesville, FL Area area reported making $36 per hour
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Gainesville, FL Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$25
hourly
A Residential Mental Health Counselor in the San Francisco, CA Area area reported making $25 per hour
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
San Francisco, CA Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$44,795
per year
A QMHP in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Area area reported making $44,795 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$69,000
per year
A LPC Therapist in the Denver, CO Area area reported making $69,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Denver, CO Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$4,016
monthly
A Substance Abuse Counselor in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $4,016 per month
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
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