The Average Salary of a Labor Midwife

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    Certified Nurse-Midwife Salary

    • Registered nurses with certified nurse midwife credentials earn much higher salaries than their layperson counterparts due to their training and background. These midwives usually work alongside a supervising physician such as an obstetrician. The average salary for a certified nurse midwife is $90,399 as of December 2010, according to Salary.com. Half of all certified nurse midwives earn between $83,273 and $98,465 annually, although the best compensated 10 percent earn more than $105,864 annually.

    Lay Midwife Salary

    • Midwives without nursing training or midwife certification earn much less than their more educated counterparts, and also feature a much larger salary range. Uncertified, lay midwives earn average salaries between $29,969 and $66,889 annually as of December 2010, according to PayScale. Many of these midwives provide care independent of their patient's primary obstetrician.

    Certified Nurse Midwife Salaries By Region

    • Regardless of the geographical area in which a nurse midwife works, she receives a relatively high annual salary. Although those who work in Boston receive the highest average annual salary, $132,789 as of December 2010, according to Salary Expert, 60 percent of the cities reporting data to Salary Expert featured average salaries of at least $102,065. In Orlando, Florida, where nurse midwives receive the smallest average annual salary, they earn $82,873 per year.

    Lay Midwife Salaries By Region

    • In contrast, lay midwives salaries don't vary as noticeably around the nation as those of certified nurse-midwives, although their earnings are much smaller. Lay midwives in Manhattan, New York, receive the highest average annual salary, $39,995 as of December 2010, according to Salary Expert, while those in Chicago and Houston also earn higher than average salaries. Uncertified midwives in Phoenix earn the smallest average annual salaries of $30,476. Half of the cities reporting salaries to the website reported average earnings between $32,024 and $36,776.

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