Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
2,000 11.4 % $26.84 $55,820 3.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.28 $18.37 $27.31 $34.43 $41.24
Annual Wage (2) $25,540 $38,210 $56,800 $71,610 $85,790


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 640 0.01 $29.19 $60,720
Offices of Physicians 560 0.02 $25.46 $52,960
Outpatient Care Centers 230 0.04 $25.15 $52,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 0.00 $30.40 $63,230
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 110 0.05 $34.30 $71,350

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 110 0.05 $34.30 $71,350
Outpatient Care Centers 230 0.04 $25.15 $52,320
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $32.75 $68,120
Offices of Physicians 560 0.02 $25.46 $52,960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 640 0.01 $29.19 $60,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 110 0.05 $34.30 $71,350
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $32.75 $68,120
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 (7) $30.40 $63,230
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 640 0.01 $29.19 $60,720
Offices of Physicians 560 0.02 $25.46 $52,960


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 500 0.03 2.27 $26.72 $55,580
Ohio 180 0.04 2.31 $26.43 $54,970
Massachusetts 100 0.03 2.08 $30.81 $64,080
North Carolina 80 0.02 1.35 $26.05 $54,190
Texas 80 0.01 0.48 $23.47 $48,810




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)
Ohio 180 0.04 2.31 $26.43 $54,970
Massachusetts 100 0.03 2.08 $30.81 $64,080
California 500 0.03 2.27 $26.72 $55,580
North Carolina 80 0.02 1.35 $26.05 $54,190
Minnesota 60 0.02 1.53 $31.02 $64,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $37.56 $78,130
New Jersey 50 0.01 0.83 $34.38 $71,510
Washington 30 0.01 0.82 $33.56 $69,800
Wisconsin 30 0.01 0.83 $31.04 $64,570
Minnesota 60 0.02 1.53 $31.02 $64,510





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 100 0.06 3.88 $30.81 $64,080
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 90 0.09 5.63 $23.51 $48,890
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 2.56 $35.85 $74,560
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.51 $34.26 $71,250
Baltimore-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.86 $28.36 $59,000




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)
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 90 0.09 5.63 $23.51 $48,890
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 100 0.06 3.88 $30.81 $64,080
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 2.56 $35.85 $74,560
Baltimore-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.86 $28.36 $59,000
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.51 $34.26 $71,250




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)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $37.56 $78,130
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 2.56 $35.85 $74,560
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.51 $34.26 $71,250
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.83 $70,360
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN (8) (8) (8) $33.50 $69,680
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 100 0.06 3.88 $30.81 $64,080
Baltimore-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.86 $28.36 $59,000
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 90 0.09 5.63 $23.51 $48,890


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013