Genetic Counselor Salary

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How Much Do Genetic Counselors Make?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that genetic counselors make a median annual income of $80,150 or $39 per hour. The lowest 10% of genetic counselors earned less than $49,120 and the highest 10% earned more than $121,070.

Do Genetic Counselors Get Paid Well?

Genetic Counselors are paid well—they earn more than the average worker in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for genetic counselors is $80,150 per year. This is 91% more than the average salary for all occupations, which is $45,760.

How Much Do Genetic Counselors Make Starting Out?

The BLS does not provide average compensation data for entry-level positions for genetic counselors just starting out, but the bottom 25% of genetic counselors earn $76,300 each year according to the BLS.

How Many Genetic Counselors Are There In The United States?

In 2021, there were 2,400 genetic counselors in the United States. The BLS predicts the number of genetic counselors will increase by 26%, approximately 600 jobs, by 2030.

Where Can Genetic Counselors Earn The Most?

Genetic Counselors' salaries depend on location and work setting. According to the BLS, genetic counselors earn the most in the following industries: general medical and surgical hospitals, offices of physicians and outpatient care centers. The metropolitan areas with the highest pay for genetic counselors are:

  1. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA - $99,160
  2. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI - $84,310
  3. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH - $93,190

How Much Do Genetic Counselors Earn In Each State?

The table below compares genetic counselor  salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of genetic counselors in each state as well as the number of genetic counselors per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have employment statistics.

Genetic Counselor Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
Virginia
-
40
0.012
New York
$96,970
160
0.018
New Jersey
$90,200
50
0.013
Washington
$89,660
80
0.024
Colorado
$89,540
50
0.018
Nebraska
$88,820
-
-
Massachusetts
$88,700
130
0.039
District of Columbia
$87,480
40
0.056
Texas
$84,250
140
0.012
Missouri
$83,350
40
0.015
Tennessee
$82,490
50
0.016
Maryland
$82,100
30
0.012
Minnesota
$81,690
100
0.036
Ohio
$80,940
110
0.022
Pennsylvania
$80,680
-
-
Illinois
$80,190
60
0.011
Wisconsin
$79,750
70
0.025
Indiana
$79,640
40
0.014
Michigan
$78,010
110
0.028
Florida
$77,780
70
0.009
North Carolina
$76,030
140
0.034
California
$122,740
310
0.019
Connecticut
$104,210
40
0.027