Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a nurse midwives in the United States was $105,030 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $82,460 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $184,180 per year.
The top industries were hospitals, where the median annual salary was $122,40. This is followed by outpatient care centers ($118,530), offices of physicians ($113,190), offices of other health practitioners ($112,590) and educational services ($108,790).
Autonomy and Flexibility
To begin with, nurse midwifes may have to closely follow the instructions of more senior healthcare professionals and may not have to most autonomy. However, as nurse midwives develop more skills and become more competent, they get more responsibility and their autonomy and flexibility increases. Often, they work up to being very senior members of healthcare teams and have a lot of autonomy.
Locations and commute
Although the job outlook for nurse midwives is considered very good, there is thought to be more competition for jobs in some areas, compared to others.
According to U.S News, the best states to be a nurse midwife, based on salary average annual salary are:
- California, where the average annual salary is $154,500
- Minnesota, where the average annual salary is $121,980
- New York, where the average annual salary is $120,380
- Mississippi, where the average annual salary is $119,640
- Maryland, where the average annual salary is $118,240
The largest employers of nurse midwives in the United States were offices of physicians, which employed 47% of all nurse midwives. Hospitals employed 27% of all nurse midwives, outpatient carer centers employed 8%, educational services employed 4% and finally, offices of other health practitioners employed 3%.
Nurse midwives must be physically fit, as they may spend a lot of time walking, bending, stretching and standing and they are vulnerable to back injuries because they often must lift and move patients. If they work in the community, then nurse midwives may have to spend time travelling between clients.