Midwives' Salaries in Louisiana - LA
Louisiana Midwife Salary
Since Louisiana permits two types of midwives (licensed and certified nurse-midwives), salaries for the two can be expected to vary. Licensed midwives are not mandated by the state to have training as a Registered Nurse and therefore are expected to earn less pay than certified nurse-midwives, who in addition to having a Registered Nurse degree also have additional post-graduate training in midwifery. According to the Louisiana chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, in 2008 there were just six practicing certified nurse-midwives in Louisiana. The number of licensed midwives in the state is not known.
The average midwife salary in Louisiana will differ for certified nurse-midwives and licensed midwives. According to indeed.com, a certified nurse-midwife in Louisiana can expect to make $82,000 annually. The salary for a licensed midwife would probably be at least $20,000 to $30,000 less than that, still making licensed midwifery a well-paying health profession in Louisiana. The salary for a certified nurse-midwife working in New Orleans is about $83,000 annually; in Shreveport, about $71,000 per year; and in Baton Rouge, certified nurse-midwives make approximately $81,000 each year. A recent search of available jobs on indeed.com discovered opportunities for certified nurse-midwives in Natchitoches, New Orleans, Alexandria and Baton Rouge.