Midwife Salary in South Africa

In this post I am going to give you every detail you need to know about a midwife’s salary in South Africa.

Midwives are basically trained to care for the mother and newborn during childbirth. They help conceived mothers deliver safely and also provide other related services surrounding birth.

Like many other countries in the world, midwives’ functions are similar to that of nurses. Although midwifes specialize and focus on post-natal and prenatal care, they perform the duties of nurses in many hospitals.

midwife salary in South Africa
midwife salary in South Africa

If you are planning to pursue a career in midwifery and want to know the salary of midwifes, then you need to read this post to the end as I bring you the salary components of midwifes, monthly salary and annual salary in South Africa.

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It is obvious, in every country, the salary paid to workers in the public sectors always differ from that of the private sector. This post focuses much on the salary of midwives in the public/government sector.

We will also touch a little on the salary of midwives working in the private sector.


Monthly salary of midwifes in 2020

Classification of midwives (RM)

  • Staff midwife
  • Professional nurse (general nurse, specialist nursing, nursing education).

Under the various classifications, there are grade 1, 2 & 3.


Midwife Salary Components

The various components of a midwife salary are explained below.

The management level salary is based on a Total Cost to Employer package whiles production and supervisory levels are based on a basic salary with the following allowances

  • Housing – R 1670
  • Medical aid – R 16 872 – R 64668
  • Birthday bonus – 8,333%
  • Uniform allowance
  • Standby allowance
  • Contributions to pension schemes – 13%
  • Rural and inhospital allowances – 12% and 8%
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See the salary of the various nurse’s classification in the table below.

Midwives Salary

Midwife Net Salary
Professional midwife (community service) R 20 687
General (Grade 1) R 18 846
General (Grade 2) R 22 465
General (Grade 3) R 26 365
Operational Manager (Grade 1) R 29 801
Operational Manager (Grade 2) R 33 607
Assistant Manager R 36 146
Deputy Manager (Level 1 and 2) R 37 049
Manager (Level 3) R 40 782
Staff grade 1 R 13 274
Staff grade 2 R 15 595
Staff grade 3 R 17 929
Assistant Grade 1 R 10 697
Assistant grade 2 R 12 373
Assistant Grade 3 R 14 468
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Annual income of midwives

A midwife is estimated to earn between R300 000 – R 350 000 annually.


Midwife salary in private hospital



Aside the monthly wages given to a midwife, there may possibly allowances and other financial bonuses that comes directly form the hospital one is working with.

The monthly payment given to midwives in SA is considerably manageable. However, others opt for locum or a side business to augment their salaries.

If you have any questions, kindly leave it in the comment section below. Thank you.

Source: South Africa Insider


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