A certified newborn care specialist is someone trained to manage the care of newborn babies. Similar to a nanny, a newborn care specialist is hired by parents to perform everyday care duties for the baby, such as feeding, changing, bathing and sleep training. Although there are certification programs, a newborn care specialist is not a registered nurse, and certification is optional. Certification is offered through private agencies, rather than the state. Becoming certified can help distinguish you from other newborn care specialists, but does not necessarily guarantee a pay increase.
Average Salary Reports
According to the Newborn Care Specialist Association, the average salary range for a newborn care specialist is between $18 and $30, depending on the number of babies. For example, a newborn care specialist for a single baby typically earns between $18 and $25 an hour. If caring for twins, the rate is $22 to $35 an hour. The number of hours a newborn care specialist works will vary, depending on the family's needs. Some specialists work a couple hours a day, while others are on hand 24 hours a day. The Indeed website reports the average annual salary of all newborn care specialists – both certified and uncertified – is $40,000 per year, as of June 2014. Salary data for certified newborn care specialists is not reported, but becoming certified can show families you are experienced and skilled.
Geographic location affects salary. Indeed reports the average newborn care specialist in Florida earns $38,000 a year as of 2014. In New York, the average is $49,000. Newborn care specialists average about $44,000 a year in California and $39,000 in Texas.