Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
2,720 8.7 % $36.04 $74,960 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.90 $28.77 $35.64 $43.56 $50.37
Annual Wage (2) $45,540 $59,850 $74,120 $90,600 $104,770


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 900 0.02 $35.84 $74,540
Offices of Physicians 600 0.02 $35.87 $74,610
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 550 0.21 $37.99 $79,030
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 250 0.01 $31.99 $66,530
Outpatient Care Centers 140 0.02 $40.73 $84,720

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 550 0.21 $37.99 $79,030
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 80 0.03 $36.64 $76,210
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 900 0.02 $35.84 $74,540
Outpatient Care Centers 140 0.02 $40.73 $84,720
Offices of Physicians 600 0.02 $35.87 $74,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 140 0.02 $40.73 $84,720
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 550 0.21 $37.99 $79,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $37.26 $77,500
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 80 0.03 $36.64 $76,210
Offices of Physicians 600 0.02 $35.87 $74,610


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 660 0.04 2.13 $37.87 $78,760
New York 200 0.02 1.14 $35.89 $74,660
Massachusetts 190 0.05 2.76 $36.05 $74,990
Ohio 100 0.02 1.00 $32.26 $67,110
Florida 100 0.01 0.63 $34.99 $72,770




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 190 0.05 2.76 $36.05 $74,990
California 660 0.04 2.13 $37.87 $78,760
Utah 50 0.03 1.79 $33.75 $70,210
South Carolina 50 0.03 1.30 $42.28 $87,950
Minnesota 80 0.03 1.43 $36.63 $76,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $43.54 $90,560
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $43.41 $90,300
South Carolina 50 0.03 1.30 $42.28 $87,950
New Jersey 50 0.01 0.66 $40.71 $84,680
Washington 50 0.02 0.88 $38.37 $79,800





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.07 3.67 $33.60 $69,880
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 150 0.08 4.38 $35.56 $73,960
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 1.18 $39.10 $81,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 70 0.03 1.43 $28.64 $59,570
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 3.08 $41.34 $85,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.02 1.29 $37.59 $78,200
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.76 $35.55 $73,950
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 50 0.05 2.51 $32.92 $68,480
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.07 3.38 $33.68 $70,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 1.37 $38.30 $79,670




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 7.29 $30.96 $64,390
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 150 0.08 4.38 $35.56 $73,960
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.07 3.38 $33.68 $70,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.07 3.67 $33.60 $69,880
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 3.08 $41.34 $85,980
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 50 0.05 2.51 $32.92 $68,480
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 1.37 $38.30 $79,670
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 30 0.03 1.58 $48.16 $100,160
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 70 0.03 1.43 $28.64 $59,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.02 1.29 $37.59 $78,200




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 30 0.03 1.58 $48.16 $100,160
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $45.19 $94,000
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 3.08 $41.34 $85,980
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $40.01 $83,220
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $39.18 $81,500
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 1.18 $39.10 $81,330
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 1.37 $38.30 $79,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.02 1.29 $37.59 $78,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.68 $37.48 $77,950
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 30 0.02 1.11 $36.92 $76,800


About May 2016 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.

(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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017