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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.

Research available midwifery schools and DNP salary.

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 7,950 $120,880
Alaska 80 $116,950
Arizona 130 $109,380
California 910 $177,800
Colorado 130 $107,380
Connecticut 240 $118,730
Delaware 70 $111,860
District of Columbia 70 $84,480
Florida 500 $105,930
Georgia 340 $121,370
Hawaii - $165,480
Idaho 70 $52,160
Illinois 280 $125,670
Indiana 120 $111,540
Iowa 30 $112,420
Kansas 60 *
Louisiana 40 $121,530
Maine 60 $120,200
Maryland 180 $123,060
Massachusetts 290 $136,180
Michigan 290 $121,100
Minnesota 340 $115,210
Missouri 130 $112,180
New Hampshire 50 $110,450
New Jersey - $126,740
New Mexico 80 $116,250
New York 790 $127,360
North Carolina 280 $119,020
Ohio 180 $130,270
Oregon 150 $133,470
Pennsylvania 260 $118,640
Rhode Island 50 $127,390
South Carolina 80 $96,730
Tennessee 180 $93,600
Texas 490 $105,360
Utah 110 *
Vermont 50 *
Virginia - $97,390
Washington 150 $134,770
West Virginia - $179,860
Wisconsin 200 $117,310

Table data taken from 2022 BLS (

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