Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
2,660 7.8 % $37.56 $78,130 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.68 $31.40 $37.25 $44.67 $50.06
Annual Wage (2) $51,340 $65,310 $77,480 $92,910 $104,130


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 930 0.02 $37.12 $77,210
Offices of Physicians 560 0.02 $37.66 $78,330
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 480 0.18 $39.32 $81,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $36.14 $75,170
Outpatient Care Centers 150 0.02 $43.16 $89,770

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 480 0.18 $39.32 $81,780
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $35.74 $74,340
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 930 0.02 $37.12 $77,210
Outpatient Care Centers 150 0.02 $43.16 $89,770
Offices of Physicians 560 0.02 $37.66 $78,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 150 0.02 $43.16 $89,770
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 480 0.18 $39.32 $81,780
Offices of Physicians 560 0.02 $37.66 $78,330
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 930 0.02 $37.12 $77,210
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $36.14 $75,170


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 1.65 $41.44 $86,200
New York 230 0.03 1.35 $36.56 $76,050
Massachusetts 170 0.05 2.63 $38.48 $80,030
Ohio 110 0.02 1.14 $34.16 $71,060
Minnesota 110 0.04 2.01 $37.31 $77,610




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 2.63 $38.48 $80,030
Minnesota 110 0.04 2.01 $37.31 $77,610
Utah 50 0.03 1.81 $37.47 $77,930
New York 230 0.03 1.35 $36.56 $76,050
California 510 0.03 1.65 $41.44 $86,200




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) $46.57 $96,870
South Carolina (8) (8) (8) $43.23 $89,920
California 510 0.03 1.65 $41.44 $86,200
New Jersey 70 0.02 0.89 $40.60 $84,450
Oregon 40 0.02 1.12 $40.17 $83,550



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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 180 0.03 1.47 $39.50 $82,150
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 150 0.08 4.27 $38.17 $79,400
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 3.65 $44.15 $91,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 1.52 $38.46 $80,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 60 0.03 1.60 $37.02 $76,990
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 1.57 $38.65 $80,390
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 2.32 $53.86 $112,030
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 50 0.02 0.87 $37.37 $77,740
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.06 3.43 $37.62 $78,240
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.65 $39.04 $81,200


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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 0.12 6.56 $33.20 $69,070
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 150 0.08 4.27 $38.17 $79,400
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 3.65 $44.15 $91,830
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.06 3.43 $37.62 $78,240
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 2.32 $53.86 $112,030
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 40 0.04 1.94 $33.97 $70,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 1.52 $38.46 $80,010
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 1.57 $38.65 $80,390
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.03 1.78 $40.87 $85,010
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.03 1.47 $39.50 $82,150


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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-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 2.32 $53.86 $112,030
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 3.65 $44.15 $91,830
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $42.01 $87,370
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.03 1.78 $40.87 $85,010
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.03 1.47 $39.50 $82,150
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.65 $39.04 $81,200
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 1.57 $38.65 $80,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 1.52 $38.46 $80,010
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 150 0.08 4.27 $38.17 $79,400
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.06 3.43 $37.62 $78,240


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018