When a doctor goes into a labor and delivery room to deliver a baby, he will take a labor and delivery nurse to assist him. Labor and delivery nurses are registered nurses who have the ability to perform a wide variety of duties but who choose to specialize in women’s and pregnancy issues. They can assist in labor and delivery, neonatal care and prenatal care.
The average pay for labor and delivery nurses in the United States in 2009 was $66,530 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a 6.5 percent increase since 2007. Over the same period, the number of registered nurses, of which labor and delivery nurses are a part, in the country increased 4.7 percent to nearly 2.6 million.
Pay By State
The top-paying state for labor and delivery nurses in 2009 was California where nurses earned an average of $85,080. This represented an increase of 8.3 percent since 2007. Other top-paying states in 2009 were: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Maryland and New Jersey. These were the same top five states in 2007, though Maryland and New Jersey switched places over that time.
Pay By Metropolitan Area
The top-paying metropolitan area for labor and delivery nurses in 2009 was Visalia-Porterville, CA, which paid an average of $111,030 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other top-paying metropolitan areas were: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA; San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA; Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA and Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA. Only three of these areas were in the top five in 2007. The top-paying area in 2007 was San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA, which paid an average of $95,580 a year.
Labor and delivery nurses are part of the largest healthcare profession in the country, nurses. They work in hospitals where delivery rooms are located. Employment for labor and delivery nurses are expecting to continue growing faster than average. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of registered nurses will grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018.