As the demand for highly skilled nurses has begun leading many RNs to pursue higher degrees, the certified nurse midwife (CNM) career has become a popular advanced nursing pathway. Those with a passion for women's health, infants, and the child-birthing process can find much success in the role. With advanced practice nurses regularly making six figure salaries, RNs interested in both a rewarding and lucrative career option are increasingly turning to the certified nurse midwife option.

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How Much Does a Certified Nurse Midwife Make?

There are a few factors that will determine a CNM's salary:

Type of Employer

Certified nurse midwives can work in physicians' offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, alternative birthing centers, private practice, and more. Each of these employers has a different payscale, so CNM salaries can vary widely from one to the other. Outpatient care centers tend to pay on the higher range of the spectrum, with an annual mean wage of $115,070.


City and state play a large role in CNM salary averages. Urban and highly populated areas (including large cities) tend to pay more than rural areas. California is one of the highest ranking states for certified nurse midwife annual salaries, paying their CNMs an average of $132,950 per year. The national median annual wage for certified nurse midwives is $102,390.

Experience & Degree Level

RNs can become certified nurse midwives with either a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. While an MSN degree is most common for CNMs, those with a higher-level DNP may have access to the most prestigious positions in the field. Certifications and credentials can also lead to higher salaries, as employers often base salary amounts on the level of training and experience a CNM can demonstrate.

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Certified Nurse Midwife Salary Per Hour

From state to state, the average hourly salary for certified nurse midwives will fluctuate. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national average hourly wage for CNMs lands at $49.23 as of May 2016 (latest available data). Depending on factors such as experience, location, and more, CNMs can generally expect to earn between $46.00 and $57.00 per hour.

A few of the national top-paying industries for CNMs are as follows:

  • Outpatient care centers, with an hourly mean wage of $55.32
  • General medical and surgical hospitals, with an hourly mean wage of $50.82
  • Offices of physicians, with an hourly mean wage of $49.69

Nurse Midwife Salary Table

Location Total Employment Annual Salary
United States 7,430 $92,510
Alaska 50 $96,840
Arizona 30 $84,520
California 640 $137,330
Colorado - $94,140
Connecticut 120 $103,950
Delaware 40 $90,420
Florida 330 $90,970
Georgia 360 $93,330
Illinois 220 $84,840
Indiana 80 $95,960
Iowa 40 $100,900
Kentucky 160 $92,970
Maine 60 $96,280
Maryland 200 $97,610
Massachusetts 400 $110,590
Michigan 150 $97,070
Minnesota 200 $109,930
Mississippi 30 $89,580
Nebraska 40 $72,450
New Hampshire 50 $98,170
New Jersey 170 $112,970
New Mexico 110 $98,670
New York 420 $96,930
North Carolina 150 $92,440
Ohio 200 $94,520
Oregon 90 $122,080
Pennsylvania 180 $93,430
South Carolina 50 $85,700
Tennessee 50 $71,750
Texas 210 $97,110
Utah 90 $88,750
Vermont 50 $95,620
Washington 110 $93,930
West Virginia 40 $95,070
Wisconsin - $67,450

Table data taken from 2015 BLS (

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