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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
2,740 5.5 % $ 41.65 $ 86,640 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Genetic Counselors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.62 $ 36.68 $ 38.54 $ 48.18 $ 58.21
Annual Wage (2) $ 49,120 $ 76,300 $ 80,150 $ 100,200 $ 121,070


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 1,340 0.02 $ 39.23 $ 81,590
Offices of Physicians 340 0.01 $ 42.03 $ 87,430
Outpatient Care Centers 320 0.03 $ 50.22 $ 104,460
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 180 0.06 $ 45.16 $ 93,940
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 150 0.01 $ 38.30 $ 79,670

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 180 0.06 $ 45.16 $ 93,940
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 130 0.05 $ 43.90 $ 91,310
Outpatient Care Centers 320 0.03 $ 50.22 $ 104,460
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,340 0.02 $ 39.23 $ 81,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 150 0.01 $ 38.30 $ 79,670

Top paying industries for Genetic Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 320 0.03 $ 50.22 $ 104,460
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 180 0.06 $ 45.16 $ 93,940
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 130 0.05 $ 43.90 $ 91,310
Offices of Physicians 340 0.01 $ 42.03 $ 87,430
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $ 41.73 $ 86,790


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.



Map of employment of genetic counselors by state, May 2021


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 360 0.02 1.12 $ 55.72 $ 115,900
Georgia 190 0.04 2.29 $ 17.09 $ 35,540
New York 170 0.02 0.99 $ 49.08 $ 102,090
Minnesota 160 0.06 2.92 $ 40.25 $ 83,720
Texas 150 0.01 0.64 $ 44.95 $ 93,500


Map of location quotient of genetic counselors by state, May 2021


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)
Minnesota 160 0.06 2.92 $ 40.25 $ 83,720
District of Columbia 30 0.05 2.59 $ 43.20 $ 89,860
Georgia 190 0.04 2.29 $ 17.09 $ 35,540
Tennessee 120 0.04 2.11 $ 35.61 $ 74,070
Connecticut 60 0.04 1.82 $ 50.23 $ 104,480


Map of annual mean wages of genetic counselors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Genetic Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 360 0.02 1.12 $ 55.72 $ 115,900
Connecticut 60 0.04 1.82 $ 50.23 $ 104,480
New York 170 0.02 0.99 $ 49.08 $ 102,090
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $ 47.89 $ 99,600
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $ 45.01 $ 93,610



Map of employment of genetic counselors by area, May 2021


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 190 0.02 1.11 $ 47.67 $ 99,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 3.15 $ 40.53 $ 84,310
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 110 0.04 2.17 $ 44.80 $ 93,190
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.04 2.20 $ 63.87 $ 132,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 90 0.02 0.78 $ 48.26 $ 100,390
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 80 0.04 2.02 $ 44.23 $ 92,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 70 0.02 1.01 $ 46.08 $ 95,840
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.06 3.06 $ 59.84 $ 124,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 60 0.01 0.71 $ 40.13 $ 83,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 50 0.02 0.93 $ 46.09 $ 95,870


Map of location quotient of genetic counselors by area, May 2021


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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 3.15 $ 40.53 $ 84,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.06 3.06 $ 59.84 $ 124,470
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 30 0.05 2.69 $ 39.79 $ 82,770
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.04 2.20 $ 63.87 $ 132,840
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 110 0.04 2.17 $ 44.80 $ 93,190
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 30 0.04 2.16 $ 35.89 $ 74,650
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 80 0.04 2.02 $ 44.23 $ 92,000
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 40 0.04 2.01 $ 62.06 $ 129,090
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 30 0.03 1.75 $ 39.31 $ 81,770
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 30 0.03 1.32 $ 32.24 $ 67,060


Map of annual mean wages of genetic counselors by area, May 2021


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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.04 2.20 $ 63.87 $ 132,840
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 40 0.04 2.01 $ 62.06 $ 129,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.06 3.06 $ 59.84 $ 124,470
Grand Junction, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 48.70 $ 101,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 90 0.02 0.78 $ 48.26 $ 100,390
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 190 0.02 1.11 $ 47.67 $ 99,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 50 0.02 0.93 $ 46.09 $ 95,870
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 70 0.02 1.01 $ 46.08 $ 95,840
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $ 45.78 $ 95,210
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 110 0.04 2.17 $ 44.80 $ 93,190


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022