Midwives' Salaries in District of Columbia - Washington, DC
District of Columbia Midwife Salary
In recent years, the median midwife salary in the District of Columbia has been around $121,000 each year. Midwives in most other states are averaging between $79,000 and $89,000 annually, some as high as $115,000. However, not many midwives in other states are able to claim the high rate of pay that midwives in the District of Columbia do.
While midwives in the District of Columbia are certainly earning more than most others in their profession, there are ways to increase financial potential and professional value. Although certification is necessary for licensure, midwives in the District of Columbia can take advantage of membership with their local branch of the American College of Nurse-Midwives organization. This group has been instrumental in connecting patients with midwives so that patients can have more control over their birthing plan and the birth of their children. Naturally, the more patients that entrust their care to you, the more money you are going to make.
Statistically, the District of Columbia sits about average with other states regarding the number of at-home births that take place. Out of 16,494 births that occurred in the District of Columbia between 2005 and 2006, about 74 of them took place in private residences and 149 occurred in private birthing clinics. Overall, home births and freestanding center births accounted for roughly 1.35% of all births during that year. Because most states report between 1% and 3% of all births occurring outside of traditional hospital settings, the District of Columbia is certainly maintaining the norm.