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Working as a Doula

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a doula. For example, did you know that they make an average of $27.07 an hour? That's $56,299 a year!

What Does a Doula Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a doula, we found that a lot of resumes listed 23.0% of doulas included childbirth education, while 8.5% of resumes included dona, and 7.9% of resumes included doulas. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the doula job title. But what industry to start with? Most doulas actually find jobs in the health care and non profits industries.

How To Become a Doula

If you're interested in becoming a doula, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 42.0% of doulas have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 18.0% of doulas have master's degrees. Even though most doulas have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a doula. When we researched the most common majors for a doula, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on doula resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a doula. In fact, many doula jobs require experience in a role such as volunteer. Meanwhile, many doulas also have previous career experience in roles such as administrative assistant or internship.

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Average Salary for a Doula

Doulas in America make an average salary of $56,299 per year or $27 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $117,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $27,000 per year.
Average Salary
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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Doula
Doula
One Hope United
One Hope United
01/22/2020
01/22/2020
$50,00001/22/2020
$50,000
Doula
Doula
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
10/25/2019
10/25/2019
$39,00010/25/2019
$39,000

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Doula Demographics

Gender

female

86.6 %

male

7.9 %

unknown

5.6 %

Ethnicity

White

60.4 %

Hispanic or Latino

16.9 %

Black or African American

11.7 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.8 %

French

10.0 %

Portuguese

5.0 %
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Doula Education

Majors

Nursing
38.7 %

Degrees

Bachelors

42.0 %

Masters

18.0 %

Associate

17.8 %

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Top Skills For a Doula

  • Childbirth Education, 22.0%
  • On-Call, 12.1%
  • Emotional Support, 8.1%
  • Doulas, 7.4%
  • Physical Support, 6.1%
  • Other Skills, 44.3%
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Top Doula Employers

1. United Methodist Homes
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$34,647
Doulas Hired: 
3+
2. One Hope United
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$42,758
Doulas Hired: 
2+
3. Lexington Medical Center
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$37,405
Doulas Hired: 
2+
4. Heywood Hospital
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$46,262
Doulas Hired: 
2+
5. Children's Home & Aid
3.1
Avg. Salary: 
$39,954
Doulas Hired: 
2+
6. UNC Health Care
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$37,367
Doulas Hired: 
1+

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