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.

Location

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 6,250 $103,770
Alaska 70 $89,070
Arizona 100 $108,720
California 700 $142,410
Colorado 120 $110,240
Connecticut - $111,160
Delaware - $96,860
District of Columbia 40 $87,340
Florida 330 $93,880
Georgia 370 $98,680
Idaho 40 $70,590
Illinois 200 $101,260
Indiana 70 $110,150
Kentucky 100 $99,000
Maryland - $105,840
Massachusetts 250 $118,640
Michigan 240 $99,490
Minnesota 270 $108,480
New Hampshire 60 $105,280
New Jersey 180 $112,740
New Mexico 110 $105,500
New York 450 $111,940
North Carolina 170 $101,080
Ohio 200 $103,210
Oregon 190 $109,740
Pennsylvania 320 $97,450
Rhode Island 50 $109,550
South Carolina 30 $85,050
Tennessee 70 $86,790
Texas - $79,480
Utah 80 $108,770
Vermont 40 $91,470
Virginia 170 $95,010
Washington 100 $101,800
West Virginia 30 $93,000
Wisconsin 70 $110,120

Table data taken from 2018 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291161.htm)

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