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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-1161 Nurse Midwives

Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide well-woman gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education.


National estimates for Nurse Midwives
Industry profile for Nurse Midwives
Geographic profile for Nurse Midwives

National estimates for Nurse Midwives:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Nurse Midwives:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,750 5.7 % $ 54.91 $ 114,210 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Nurse Midwives:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.57 $ 46.17 $ 54.24 $ 62.72 $ 79.89
Annual Wage (2) $ 61,500 $ 96,040 $ 112,830 $ 130,450 $ 166,170


Industry profile for Nurse Midwives:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Nurse Midwives are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Nurse Midwives, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Nurse Midwives:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 3,880 0.14 $ 54.77 $ 113,920
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,680 0.03 $ 57.64 $ 119,900
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.11 $ 70.40 $ 146,430
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 860 0.09 $ 32.90 $ 68,430
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 0.00 $ 50.32 $ 104,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Nurse Midwives:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 3,880 0.14 $ 54.77 $ 113,920
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.11 $ 70.40 $ 146,430
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 860 0.09 $ 32.90 $ 68,430
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,680 0.03 $ 57.64 $ 119,900
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $ 38.67 $ 80,440

Top paying industries for Nurse Midwives:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.11 $ 70.40 $ 146,430
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,680 0.03 $ 57.64 $ 119,900
Offices of Physicians 3,880 0.14 $ 54.77 $ 113,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $ 51.51 $ 107,130
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 (7) $ 50.32 $ 104,670


Geographic profile for Nurse Midwives:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Nurse Midwives are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Nurse Midwives, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of nurse midwives by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Nurse Midwives:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,230 0.07 1.35 $ 65.90 $ 137,070
New York 490 0.06 1.03 $ 60.66 $ 126,170
Texas 450 0.04 0.66 $ 40.88 $ 85,030
Pennsylvania 340 0.06 1.10 $ 53.84 $ 111,980
Massachusetts 310 0.09 1.64 $ 62.19 $ 129,360


Map of location quotient of nurse midwives by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Nurse Midwives:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 90 0.31 5.67 $ 46.17 $ 96,020
Delaware 80 0.19 3.37 $ 51.31 $ 106,730
New Mexico 140 0.18 3.29 $ 51.73 $ 107,600
Vermont 50 0.17 3.18 $ 49.11 $ 102,160
Idaho 110 0.14 2.63 $ 29.68 $ 61,740


Map of annual mean wages of nurse midwives by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Nurse Midwives:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) $ 78.46 $ 163,190
Utah 120 0.08 1.44 $ 69.18 $ 143,890
California 1,230 0.07 1.35 $ 65.90 $ 137,070
Massachusetts 310 0.09 1.64 $ 62.19 $ 129,360
New York 490 0.06 1.03 $ 60.66 $ 126,170



Map of employment of nurse midwives by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Nurse Midwives:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 400 0.05 0.84 $ 62.01 $ 128,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 320 0.06 1.02 $ 64.26 $ 133,660
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 250 0.10 1.73 $ 62.36 $ 129,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 240 0.11 1.98 $ 78.27 $ 162,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 200 0.07 1.23 $ 54.04 $ 112,400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 160 0.06 1.13 $ 56.02 $ 116,510
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 160 0.04 0.70 $ 56.74 $ 118,030
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 160 0.11 1.99 $ 59.37 $ 123,480
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 160 0.11 2.06 $ 46.47 $ 96,650
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 150 0.12 2.21 $ 54.48 $ 113,320


Map of location quotient of nurse midwives by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Nurse Midwives:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 60 0.38 6.82 $ 46.57 $ 96,870
Albuquerque, NM 90 0.25 4.58 $ 51.00 $ 106,090
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 0.15 2.65 $ 53.55 $ 111,390
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.13 2.31 $ 64.40 $ 133,950
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 150 0.12 2.21 $ 54.48 $ 113,320
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 40 0.11 2.07 $ 48.42 $ 100,710
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 160 0.11 2.06 $ 46.47 $ 96,650
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 160 0.11 1.99 $ 59.37 $ 123,480
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 240 0.11 1.98 $ 78.27 $ 162,800
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 50 0.10 1.88 $ 58.55 $ 121,770


Map of annual mean wages of nurse midwives by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Nurse Midwives:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charleston, WV (8) (8) (8) $ 81.47 $ 169,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 240 0.11 1.98 $ 78.27 $ 162,800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.07 1.35 $ 75.76 $ 157,570
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 90 0.09 1.65 $ 72.59 $ 150,990
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.13 2.31 $ 64.40 $ 133,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 320 0.06 1.02 $ 64.26 $ 133,660
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 60 0.07 1.36 $ 63.26 $ 131,580
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 250 0.10 1.73 $ 62.36 $ 129,720
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 400 0.05 0.84 $ 62.01 $ 128,970
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.09 1.66 $ 60.17 $ 125,160


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022