What can I expect for a Lactation Consultant salary?
Unfortunately, when it comes to salaries for lactation consultants, there is no cut and dry answer. There are many variables to take into account–the city in which you work, your overall education, the type of facility in which you will work, etc. That being said, I’ve found that if you ask a lactation consultant you work with, they are usually willing to discuss not only their salary, but what to expect when trying to become a certified lactation consultant. Moreover, how to properly prepare for the exam.
When searching popular a nurse forum, AllNurses.com, I found the following answer when someone asked about a lactation consultant salary:
A friend of mine makes $40/hr as an IBCLC in an inpatient facility. She is also an RN, but works in the lactation department.
A quick search on Glassdoor showed the following results for lactation consultant salaries:
On a report published this month (October 2014), Salary.com posted that the average lactation consultant salary breaks down to $35/hr. (That’s almost $73,000 a year!)
Have a friend or co-worker that is a clinical nurse specialist and will discuss salaries with you? The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), says that “[a]n IBCLC employed by a hospital is usually paid on a similar pay scale as a clinical nurse specialist.”
Possibly the clearest answer to how much a lactation consultant makes, can be found in this chart, provided by the Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (AARC).