Like any other job role, your annual midwife salary will depend on how long you have been in the profession and your experience.
In recent months, nurses and midwives took industrial action over a government rejection of a recommendation by the independent pay review body of a 1% pay increase for midwives.
This was the first time in 134 years that midwives had taken industrial action over pay.
According to the Best Paid Jobs in 2012 league table, via This is Money, midwives were ranked 223rd out of 469 professions when it came to average wages. 
While so much has changed since the results were published, many factors of employment can determine your salary. This could be from working part-time or being self-employed.
The NHS uses an Agenda for Change pay scale to determine salaries for midwifes and other medical professions.
In February 2014, Prospects said NHS entry-level midwives (a midwife who has just completed their student course) could expect to receive a starting salary of £21,388 per annum. 
Across all medical professions, NHS Careers’ band table shows that entry-level midwives are placed in salary band 5, with the potential to reach band 8a-c as a midwife consultant.
However, the bands only represent the basic pay of each job title, with the potential to change depending on individual roles and cases.
On the NHS Careers website it states: “Each of the nine pay bands has a number of pay points. Staff will normally progress to the next pay point annually until they reach the top of the pay band. In addition to basic pay, there is also extra pay for staff who work in high cost areas such as around London.” 
Midwives who are self-employed or work within private practices will have a more complex pay system than the NHS. A private midwife’s salary will depend on many aspects, as well as similar factors outlined under the NHS.
Salaries will differ between independent midwives and private practices, therefore it’s difficult to know how much you can be expected to get paid, until you find out directly.
The top pay band for midwives
According to Prospects, highly experienced NHS midwives could achieve a salary of £40,558. [See reference 2]
Again, private practices could offer salaries lower or higher than this.
Remember, things can change
The salaries seen here can offer an indication of what you might expect during your midwifery career.
Becoming a midwife should be about the journey to achieving your ideal profession and provide the best care to women and babies throughout your career.