Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

29-9092 Genetic Counselors

Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise individuals and families to support informed decisionmaking and coping methods for those at risk. May help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,520 8.9 % $35.85 $74,570 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.92 $28.27 $34.66 $43.12 $52.72
Annual Wage (2) $49,760 $58,810 $72,090 $89,690 $109,650


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 880 0.02 $34.65 $72,070
Offices of Physicians 610 0.02 $34.63 $72,020
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 400 0.16 $43.63 $90,760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 240 0.01 $30.57 $63,580
Outpatient Care Centers 100 0.01 $40.79 $84,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 400 0.16 $43.63 $90,760
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 90 0.03 $34.85 $72,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 880 0.02 $34.65 $72,070
Offices of Physicians 610 0.02 $34.63 $72,020
Outpatient Care Centers 100 0.01 $40.79 $84,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 400 0.16 $43.63 $90,760
Outpatient Care Centers 100 0.01 $40.79 $84,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 (7) $39.93 $83,050
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 90 0.03 $34.85 $72,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 880 0.02 $34.65 $72,070


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 510 0.03 1.82 $41.13 $85,560
New York 180 0.02 1.08 $34.85 $72,480
Massachusetts 170 0.05 2.78 $34.48 $71,720
Ohio 140 0.03 1.41 $31.25 $64,990
Florida 130 0.02 0.91 $35.68 $74,200



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 170 0.05 2.78 $34.48 $71,720
Utah 50 0.04 2.08 $31.13 $64,760
Ohio 140 0.03 1.41 $31.25 $64,990
Minnesota 80 0.03 1.55 $35.83 $74,520
California 510 0.03 1.82 $41.13 $85,560



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $43.89 $91,290
South Carolina (8) (8) (8) $43.85 $91,200
New Jersey 40 0.01 0.61 $41.78 $86,900
California 510 0.03 1.82 $41.13 $85,560
Illinois 90 0.01 0.80 $39.57 $82,310




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 1.28 $39.32 $81,790
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 150 0.09 4.71 $34.53 $71,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.02 1.21 $41.52 $86,370
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 1.27 $39.76 $82,690
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 60 0.05 2.69 $40.42 $84,060
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 3.01 $42.51 $88,430
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 1.84 $43.60 $90,680
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 4.02 $31.15 $64,790
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 50 0.05 2.56 $31.46 $65,430
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 50 0.05 2.58 $32.42 $67,420



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 40 0.14 7.53 $29.86 $62,110
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 150 0.09 4.71 $34.53 $71,830
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 4.02 $31.15 $64,790
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 60 0.05 2.69 $40.42 $84,060
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 3.01 $42.51 $88,430
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 50 0.05 2.58 $32.42 $67,420
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 50 0.05 2.56 $31.46 $65,430
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 1.64 $36.75 $76,440
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 1.84 $43.60 $90,680
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 1.28 $39.32 $81,790



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $45.80 $95,260
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 1.84 $43.60 $90,680
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 3.01 $42.51 $88,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.02 1.21 $41.52 $86,370
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 60 0.05 2.69 $40.42 $84,060
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 1.27 $39.76 $82,690
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 1.28 $39.32 $81,790
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $39.31 $81,770
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.00 $79,040
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 1.64 $36.75 $76,440


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016