What is a doula’s salary?
Becoming a doula is usually a choice motivated by a passion for birth and desire to support women. It is not usually a high-salary position, but a doula’s salary is largely dependent on the location and the number of clients. The doula salary can be increased by providing extra services and resources to their clients. Also, doulas’ can increase their income by becoming experts in other birth areas, such as certified birth educators, breastfeeding lactation consultants, etc.
Being a doula in a large city like New York City or Seattle may be more financially lucrative than in a small town. Big cities offer a wider range of clients, and therefore a potentially larger high-income client base and the ability to charge a bit more for doula services.
Because of the flexibility required of the doula lifestyle, it may be challenging to schedule a large number of clients, and this also will affect income potential. It is important for the reputation of a doula that she not schedule too many clients and end up missing births.
Considering location, client-base and the experience of the doula, labor doulas usually charge between $300 and $1500 for their services. The average doula salary of birth doulas across the entire United States is approximately $45,000- $50,000*. This figure, however, includes the minority of doulas who make significantly more than the average, and is therefore a bit skewed. Most resources would indicate an average “full-time” doula salary should be between $15,000-$30,000 a year*.
Hourly and Additional Income
Labor doulas also may include hourly services, either included as part of their services, or charged hourly based on the client’s need. Antepartum and Postpartum doulas especially may choose to be paid on an hourly basis.
In addition, many doulas will offer “extra” services, such as birth education classes, lactation consultation, birth and newborn photography, placenta encapsulation, belly casting and more. These added services have a wide range of potential additional income to increase a doula’s salary.
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