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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Genetic Counselors
Industry profile for Genetic Counselors
Geographic profile for Genetic Counselors

National estimates for Genetic Counselors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Genetic Counselors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,280 4.3 % $ 43.13 $ 89,710 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Genetic Counselors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 32.18 $ 35.61 $ 41.20 $ 49.86 $ 60.75
Annual Wage (2) $ 66,930 $ 74,060 $ 85,700 $ 103,700 $ 126,350


Industry profile for Genetic Counselors:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Genetic Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,030 0.02 $ 41.53 $ 86,390
Offices of Physicians 260 0.01 $ 41.13 $ 85,550
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 260 0.09 $ 43.08 $ 89,600
Outpatient Care Centers 230 0.02 $ 59.17 $ 123,080
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 200 0.01 $ 38.74 $ 80,580

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Genetic Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 260 0.09 $ 43.08 $ 89,600
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 80 0.03 $ 44.57 $ 92,700
Outpatient Care Centers 230 0.02 $ 59.17 $ 123,080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,030 0.02 $ 41.53 $ 86,390
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 200 0.01 $ 38.74 $ 80,580

Top paying industries for Genetic Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 230 0.02 $ 59.17 $ 123,080
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 80 0.03 $ 44.57 $ 92,700
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 260 0.09 $ 43.08 $ 89,600
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,030 0.02 $ 41.53 $ 86,390
Offices of Physicians 260 0.01 $ 41.13 $ 85,550


Geographic profile for Genetic Counselors:

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





States with the highest employment level in Genetic Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 310 0.02 1.16 $ 57.63 $ 119,880
New York 160 0.02 1.11 $ 46.56 $ 96,850
North Carolina 140 0.03 2.06 $ 36.69 $ 76,310
Texas 140 0.01 0.73 $ 43.22 $ 89,900
Massachusetts 130 0.04 2.35 $ 42.86 $ 89,140




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Genetic Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 40 0.06 3.41 $ 41.83 $ 87,010
Massachusetts 130 0.04 2.35 $ 42.86 $ 89,140
Minnesota 100 0.04 2.18 $ 40.06 $ 83,330
North Carolina 140 0.03 2.06 $ 36.69 $ 76,310
Michigan 110 0.03 1.72 $ 40.17 $ 83,560




Top paying states for Genetic Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 310 0.02 1.16 $ 57.63 $ 119,880
Connecticut 40 0.03 1.66 $ 49.90 $ 103,790
New York 160 0.02 1.11 $ 46.56 $ 96,850
New Jersey 50 0.01 0.81 $ 44.04 $ 91,610
Colorado 50 0.02 1.12 $ 44.01 $ 91,530





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Genetic Counselors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 1.17 $ 45.17 $ 93,950
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 120 0.05 2.76 $ 42.55 $ 88,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 120 0.05 3.07 $ 64.25 $ 133,640
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 70 0.04 2.27 $ 39.49 $ 82,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 70 0.01 0.69 $ 48.73 $ 101,360
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 60 0.03 1.82 $ 43.32 $ 90,110
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 60 0.01 0.79 $ 40.29 $ 83,800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 2.78 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 50 0.02 0.99 $ 42.32 $ 88,020
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 40 0.01 0.67 $ 40.21 $ 83,640




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Genetic Counselors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 120 0.05 3.07 $ 64.25 $ 133,640
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 2.78 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 120 0.05 2.76 $ 42.55 $ 88,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 70 0.04 2.27 $ 39.49 $ 82,140
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 30 0.03 2.08 $ 64.71 $ 134,590
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 30 0.03 1.93 $ 38.36 $ 79,790
Pittsburgh, PA 30 0.03 1.86 $ 37.95 $ 78,940
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 60 0.03 1.82 $ 43.32 $ 90,110
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 1.17 $ 45.17 $ 93,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 50 0.02 0.99 $ 42.32 $ 88,020




Top paying metropolitan areas for Genetic Counselors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 30 0.03 2.08 $ 64.71 $ 134,590
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 120 0.05 3.07 $ 64.25 $ 133,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 70 0.01 0.69 $ 48.73 $ 101,360
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 1.17 $ 45.17 $ 93,950
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 60 0.03 1.82 $ 43.32 $ 90,110
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 120 0.05 2.76 $ 42.55 $ 88,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 50 0.02 0.99 $ 42.32 $ 88,020
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 60 0.01 0.79 $ 40.29 $ 83,800
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 40 0.01 0.67 $ 40.21 $ 83,640
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $ 40.02 $ 83,250


About May 2020 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021