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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
2,640 7.4 % $38.88 $80,860 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.36 $32.71 $38.64 $46.18 $51.66
Annual Wage (2) $52,750 $68,030 $80,370 $96,060 $107,450


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 990 0.02 $39.00 $81,120
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 470 0.17 $40.11 $83,430
Offices of Physicians 420 0.02 $38.02 $79,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 240 0.01 $36.77 $76,480
Outpatient Care Centers 170 0.02 $49.01 $101,940

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 470 0.17 $40.11 $83,430
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 60 0.02 $37.95 $78,940
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 990 0.02 $39.00 $81,120
Outpatient Care Centers 170 0.02 $49.01 $101,940
Offices of Physicians 420 0.02 $38.02 $79,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 170 0.02 $49.01 $101,940
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 470 0.17 $40.11 $83,430
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 50 0.01 $39.88 $82,940
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 990 0.02 $39.00 $81,120
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $38.41 $79,890


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 490 0.03 1.59 $43.04 $89,530
Massachusetts 170 0.05 2.57 $40.16 $83,540
New York 160 0.02 0.91 $41.74 $86,810
Pennsylvania 130 0.02 1.23 $35.29 $73,410
Ohio 130 0.02 1.29 $37.07 $77,110




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)
District of Columbia 50 0.07 3.70 $38.13 $79,300
Massachusetts 170 0.05 2.57 $40.16 $83,540
North Carolina 120 0.03 1.55 $34.42 $71,600
California 490 0.03 1.59 $43.04 $89,530
Wisconsin 60 0.02 1.18 $39.46 $82,070




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) $46.07 $95,830
Texas 100 0.01 0.46 $44.69 $92,960
California 490 0.03 1.59 $43.04 $89,530
Colorado 40 0.01 0.74 $41.97 $87,290
New York 160 0.02 0.91 $41.74 $86,810





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 180 0.02 1.04 $41.87 $87,090
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 140 0.05 2.85 $39.75 $82,680
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 140 0.06 3.13 $49.41 $102,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 70 0.02 1.27 $40.22 $83,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 60 0.03 1.62 $37.98 $79,010
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 60 0.02 1.08 $36.15 $75,190
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 50 0.03 1.40 $41.01 $85,300
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 50 0.01 0.59 $40.71 $84,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 40 0.02 1.18 $38.59 $80,270
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 40 0.14 7.69 $34.45 $71,660




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 7.69 $34.45 $71,660
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 140 0.06 3.13 $49.41 $102,780
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 140 0.05 2.85 $39.75 $82,680
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 40 0.04 2.24 $36.95 $76,850
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 50 0.03 1.40 $41.01 $85,300
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.03 1.74 $48.10 $100,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 60 0.03 1.62 $37.98 $79,010
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 30 0.03 1.77 $34.67 $72,110
Columbus, OH 40 0.03 1.83 $35.43 $73,700
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 40 0.03 1.85 $35.56 $73,960




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 140 0.06 3.13 $49.41 $102,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.03 1.74 $48.10 $100,050
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 180 0.02 1.04 $41.87 $87,090
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 50 0.03 1.40 $41.01 $85,300
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 50 0.01 0.59 $40.71 $84,670
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.67 $40.36 $83,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 70 0.02 1.27 $40.22 $83,650
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $39.86 $82,910
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 140 0.05 2.85 $39.75 $82,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $38.75 $80,590


About May 2018 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019