Work as a Midwife

The Midwifery First Year of Practice Programme is a compulsory national programme for all New Zealand registered midwifery graduates, irrespective of work setting. The New Zealand College of Midwives (the NZCOM) is contracted by the funder, Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ), to provide the programme nationally in accordance with the Programme Specification.

Pay for midwives employed by district health boards (DHBs) varies depending on their length of service, seniority, and their shift rosters. 

• New midwives start on about $47,000 a year, and within five years can earn up to $64,000.
• Those with more than five years' experience earn between $64,000 and $70,000.
• Senior midwives with more than eight years' experience can earn $94,000 or more.

Self-employed midwives register as lead maternity carers and are paid by the Ministry of Health to provide maternity care. They usually earn between $70,000 and $150,000, depending on the number of women they assist.