Nurse Midwife Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Nurse Midwifes in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $90K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Job Description for Nurse Midwife
Nurse midwives are skilled employees who assist in a variety of female health services. Typically employed by obstetrician and gynecologist offices, these midwives aid with the prenatal care, labor and the delivery of babies; they also organize family planning counseling and gynecological care for clients. Nurse midwives can also work in hospitals, independent clinics, schools and other education facilities, public health departments and private practices. They may also be employed in the home, similar to hospice care.Read More...
The main duties of a nurse midwife are examining female patients to assess fertility and fetal development; educating and counseling parents on family planning options, pregnancy concerns, and newborn care; and recording and reporting patient health and development on the appropriate forms and medical coding systems. The main skills needed to be a successful nurse midwife include empathy and concern for their patients, the ability to handle high-stress medical situations and the attention to detail necessary to identify potential medical issues with clients; they also need good verbal and written communication skills to relay information to doctors, other co-workers and clients.
Nurse midwives are most often required to have a bachelor's degree in nursing, preferably with a special focus in midwifery. They are also expected to pass the license examination to become a registered nurse. Some nurses with associate's degrees may be able to find accelerated nursing programs that provide the proper education and certifications to practice nurse midwifery within one to two years of receiving their associate's degree.
Nurse Midwife Tasks
- Assist women with labor and delivery of baby.
- Provide gynecological exams.
- Oversee all prenatal care.
- Educate women and families regarding pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care.
Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Midwife
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $87K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $95K on average. Nurse Midwifes bring in $92K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $108K.
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