Shadowing a DoctorDecember 14, 2016
Nobody becomes a midwife for the money, but there’s no denying that earning potential is one of the most positive things about a career in medicine. While midwives aren’t as highly paid as GPs, for example, they still enjoy a very respectable wage which goes some way to make up for the stresses of the job. Here’s what you can expect to earn at various stages of your career.
Newly qualified midwife salary
Midwives entering their first role can expect to earn a basic salary of around £21,000. You will also be put into the on-call rota and sometimes be asked to work antisocial hours (such as overnight or on Sundays) – this will raise your overall take-home pay.
As you progress in your career and gain more and more experience, your basic pay will increase. Midwives in the second salary band earn between £26,000 and £34,000 per year, plus whatever else they earn through the methods above. Highly experienced midwives could earn over £40,000, and this might be higher still in private practices rather than NHS practices.
Becoming a specialist
There are not as many routes for specialisation in midwifery as there are in medicine. That being said, there are several more senior roles you can work towards, including:
– Senior midwife
– Labour ward coordinator
– Fertility / IVF midwife
– NICU midwife
– High risk births midwife
These positions have as high an earning power as some doctors – midwife consultants could earn up to £80,000 because of their expertise.
Midwifery is a stressful role at times, but you can be confident that your hard work will be reflected in your salary.