Throughout the United States, a midwife is often seen as a heath care provider who extends herself in rendering care for women of all sorts. While there are different types of midwives, there is one in particular that is of interest. These individuals are registered practitioners and are adept in providing women with counseling and care during and after pre-conception, pregnancy and child birth. They are known as Nurse Midwives. This specialized field is limited in number with only 5,000 employed, but the Nurse Midwife salary more than makes up for this fact.

Average Nurse Midwife Salary by Percentiles

The average annual salary of a Nurse Midwife was $92k. At the 10th percentile, the average hourly wage was $30 versus $58 in the 90th percentile. This vast difference is mainly due to experience, so when you’re new, expect a salary towards to the lower to mid percentiles.


Percentile10%25%50%75%90%
Hourly Wage$30.19$37.84$44.38$52.36$57.93
Weekly Wage$1,208$1,513$1,775$2,094$2,317
Monthly Salary$5,233$6,558$7,692$9,075$10,042
Annual Salary$62,800$78,700$92,300$108,900$120,500

Top Paying Industries for Nurse Midwives

The top three industries paid Nurse Midwives over $100k. These industries were local public hospitals, local general hospitals, and home health care services.

RankIndustriesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1Hospitals, Local government owned$49.38$1,975$8,558$102,700200
2General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned$49.38$1,975$8,558$102,700200
3Home Health Care Services$48.75$1,950$8,450$101,400N/A
4Local government, including schools and hospitals$47.79$1,912$8,283$99,400300
5General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)$46.97$1,879$8,142$97,700 2,000
6Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)$46.88$1,875$8,125$97,500 2,000
7General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned$46.63$1,865$8,083$97,000 1,000
8Hospitals, Privately owned$46.49$1,860$8,058$96,700 1,000
9Employment Services$46.11$1,844$7,992$95,90030
10Outpatient Care Centers$45.43$1,817$7,875$94,500500

Highest States for Nurse Midwives

The highest paying states were California ($58 an hour), New Hampshire ($54), and North Dakota ($52). Also, see the table of nurse midwife salary by state.

RankSalaries by StatesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1California$57.93$2,317$10,042$120,500300
2New Hampshire$54.09$2,163$9,375$112,50040
3North Dakota$51.54$2,062$8,933$107,20030
4Massachusetts$51.35$2,054$8,900$106,800200
5Oregon$50.72$2,029$8,792$105,500100
6Arizona$50.00$2,000$8,667$104,00070
7Washington$49.18$1,967$8,525$102,300100
8New Jersey$48.75$1,950$8,450$101,400200
9Maryland$48.41$1,937$8,392$100,700100
10Minnesota$48.27$1,931$8,367$100,400200

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Nurse Midwives

RankMetropolitan CitiesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$62.21$2,488$10,783$129,40070
2Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA$58.94$2,358$10,217$122,60060
3Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX$56.15$2,246$9,733$116,80060
4Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA$53.65$2,146$9,300$111,600200
5Camden, NJ$49.66$1,987$8,608$103,30040
6Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA$48.94$1,958$8,483$101,800N/A
7New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ$48.32$1,933$8,375$100,500300
8Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI$47.02$1,881$8,150$97,80070
9Newark-Union, NJ-PA$46.39$1,856$8,042$96,500N/A
10Nassau-Suffolk, NY$44.47$1,779$7,708$92,50050

Worst Nurse Midwife Paying States

Oklahoma had the lowest annual salary for a Nurse Midwife at $62k, which is in the 10th percentile. If location is not an issue, going to a state that pays more on average will significantly increase your chances of a higher salary.

RankSalaries by StatesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1Oklahoma$29.81$1,192$5,167$62,00030
2Delaware$31.15$1,246$5,400$64,80040
3Virginia$31.25$1,250$5,417$65,000200
4Pennsylvania$38.32$1,533$6,642$79,700100
5Utah$39.04$1,562$6,767$81,200N/A
6South Carolina$39.42$1,577$6,833$82,00040
7Indiana$39.47$1,579$6,842$82,100700
8West Virginia$39.76$1,590$6,892$82,70050
9Tennessee$39.86$1,594$6,908$82,90030
10Missouri$39.90$1,596$6,917$83,000N/A

Highest Nurse Midwife Employment Level by States

Indiana had the highest number of employed Nurse Midwives at around 700. New York came in second with 500, while Florida had roughly 300.

RankStatesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1Indiana$39.47$1,579$6,842$82,100700
2New York$47.02$1,881$8,150$97,800500
3Florida$39.95$1,598$6,925$83,100300
4California$57.93$2,317$10,042$120,500300
5Georgia$42.84$1,713$7,425$89,100300
6Minnesota$48.27$1,931$8,367$100,400200
7Massachusetts$51.35$2,054$8,900$106,800200
8North Carolina$41.11$1,644$7,125$85,500200
9Colorado$43.99$1,760$7,625$91,500200
10New Jersey$48.75$1,950$8,450$101,400200

Job Outlook

With such a lucrative Nurse Midwife salary, more people are expected to enter this career. Fortunately, the job outlook is quite bright and is expected to grow 29% compared to 11% in all jobs. In fact, the nursing field as a whole is forecasted to grow over 30% over the next ten years.

Employment Projections Data Nurse Midwife, 2012-2022 
Employment, 2012 6,000
Projected Employment, 2022 7,700
Employment Difference: 1,700
Nurse Midwives29%
Nurse Practitioners34%
Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners31%
Nurse Anesthetists25%
Total, all occupations11%

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics

How to Become a Nurse Midwife

nurse midwife salary dataA nurse midwife is required to obtain certification in her field of work. A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a graduate with adequate schooling from a midwifery institute or any other correlating institutions. The midwifery program is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).

These individuals are highly educated in the art of midwifery and often times have been educated through a University along with practical clinical training.

In addition to undergoing extensive training, nurse midwives have to take a national certification examination from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

With such extensive training in their field of work, nurse midwives can be highly trusted and relied on to do their jobs exceptionally well in lieu of trial and error. That is one of the main reasons for the high nurse midwife salary.

Nurse Midwife Job Description

Nurse midwives play major roles and assume multiple tasks in the health establishment in which they work. These work environments include hospitals, health clinics, universities, military hospitals, private practices, birth services in the home and many more.

In fact, these midwives are often seen branching off or contributing to areas such as clinical practices, administration, health policy and even education. Their jobs customarily encapsulate the monitoring and providing of health care for women. Such job roles and functions include:

  • salaries of nurse midwivesCaring primarily for women
  • Providing specialty care for women
  • Assessing and interpreting the medical history of women under their care
  • Orchestrating physical assessments of women
  • Playing a part in new births by delivering babies
  • Attending to women with pregnancy issues
  • Attending to new born babies
  • Guiding and providing care for women during puberty and throughout menopause.
  • Authorizing pharmacologic treatment  depending on the patient’s condition or state
  • Providing counseling and education to encountered clients when needed
  • Providing treatment, diagnostics, and management for women with critical and long-standing illnesses
  • Nurse midwife provides postpartum care
  • Provides care in relation to gynecology
  • Treats sexually transmitted infections in women

These are just some of the many roles and job functions performed that warrants the high nurse midwife salary. They are highly knowledgeable and skilled in what they do. If you wish to branch out in this field and make a name for yourself, get educated and certified to maximize your skills and assist women in a wide variety of ways.