How much does a midwife get paid?

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Midwives are health care professionals who provide primary health care to women, especially as it relates to pregnancy and childbirth. Certified nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses who hold graduate level degrees and have graduated from an accredited nurse-midwifery education program.

Certified nurse-midwives are approved for licensure to practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. There are a number of levels of midwifery practice that do not encompass the extensive training and education required of certified nurse-midwives. A midwife's income can be affected by her level of training and the geographic location of her practice.

Certified Nurse-Midwife National Wages

The median annual income for certified nurse-midwives across the United States was £59,161 as of June 2011, according to The middle 50 per cent of certified nurse midwives earned between £54,443 and £64,495 per year. The top 10 per cent of certified nurse-midwives earned in excess of £69,352 per year, while the bottom 10 per cent earned annual wages of less than £50,147.

Certified Nurse-Midwife Regional Wages

A certified nurse midwife's income can be significantly impacted by her geographic location. The median annual income for certified nurse-midwives who practised in Jacksonville, Florida, was £55,788 as of June 2011, according to Those who practised in Trenton, New Jersey, earned median annual salaries of £67,265. Akron, Ohio-based certified nurse-midwives earned median wages of £57,445 per year, while those who worked in Abilene, Texas, earned median annual wages of £53,954.


A certified nurse-midwife's base salary represented approximately 72.4 per cent of her total compensation as of June 2011, according to Paid time off accounted for 8.9 per cent of a certified nurse-midwife's total compensation. Employer contributions to government and private retirement and pension plans added 11.9 per cent, and employer contributions to health and disability insurance completed the certified nurse-midwife's compensation picture.

Other Midwives

There are a number of health care practitioners who work as midwives, who are not certified nurse-midwives, including certified professional midwives, sometimes referred to as direct entry midwives. These midwives typically gain their credentials through an apprenticeship or self-study program. Direct entry midwives are not required to hold a college degree and are not required to be registered nurses. Licensure of direct entry midwives varies from state to state. Income levels for direct entry midwives is typically determined by the number of births they assist with each month. Direct entry midwives earn between £1,300 and £2,600 per birth and may assist with two to four births per month, according to the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.