Nurse Midwife Salary

Nurse Midwife Salary


How much does a midwife make? What is the average nurse midwife salary?

The median annual salary for a certified nurse midwife in the United States is $99,770.

This is the current 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This information was last updated by the US government on May 2016.

Actual certified nurse midwife salary compensation will vary greatly based on their employer, education, experience, location, responsibility, specialization within the field, type of practice setting (hospital, private practice, birth center or home birth) and other factors.



What is the maximum or highest midwife pay?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the top 10% of nurse midwives earn more than $142,000. Even the bottom 10% earns over $66,000. In comparison, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average annual salary of $72,180 for general registered nurses in the United States in 2016. What a difference!

Please note that some midwives, by only providing women’s health services or in-office prenatal care, may earn less than those who are willing to make house calls and attend deliveries.

The average nurse midwife salary for certified nurses has increased steadily over the years. These current wages rank midwife pay amongst the best of all registered nurses.

The Labor Bureau figures that advanced practice nurses, including certified nurse midwives, will be in high demand for the foreseeable future. This is because nurse midwives can provide primary care for both women and infants in locations where either recruiting or retaining doctors is difficult. Budget-minded hospitals and clinics can usually hire several nurse midwives for the annual cost of a single doctor. This all ensures new opportunities and career growth for midwives for years to come.


What the average direct-entry midwife salary for non-CNM midwives?

Most direct-entry midwives are self-employed, providing care in private offices or at a patient’s home. Income for direct-entry midwives will vary depending on number of attended births, location and business expenses. The salaries of direct entry midwives (CPMs) are often lower than those of certified nurse midwives (CNMs) typically hired by private physicians or hospitals. As a broad estimate, a full-time direct-entry midwife attending 3-5 births per month can generally expect to support a family comfortably, but not extravagantly.

Nurse Midwife Salary


What kind of benefits do certified nurse midwife typically receive?

In addition to a robust nurse midwife salary, many nurse midwives employed by private physicians or hospitals earn many benefits like health insurance, paid vacation days, paid sick time and retirement benefits.


Did you know?

Most private practice midwives charge between $2,000 and $4,000 per birth while handling around two to four births a month. – Midwifery Education Accreditation Council