Salary for Genetic Counselors

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Genetic counselors use family and personal medical histories and laboratory tests to determine an individual's risk of having inherited a genetic condition. They may suggest treatment plans for genetic conditions that have already been diagnosed, or inform patients about the consequences of and treatment options for inheritable conditions. These professionals often work in collaboration with an individual's physicians, and provide detailed written reports of genetic counseling sessions. A Master's degree is mandatory in this field.

A Genetic Counselor will usually earn an average pay level somewhere between 24000 - 36000 based on experience and talent. Genetic Counselors will normally receive a compensation of Thirty Eight Thousand Three Hundred dollars annually.

Genetic Counselors can receive the highest pay in Texas, where they receive normal pay levels of about $57330. People holding these jobs are paid at the highest level in Finance and Insurance, where they can receive pay of $57270.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 1.08 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Genetic Counselors tend to make the most in the following industries
Educational Services $57,270
Finance and Insurance $51,170
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $46,780
Public Administration $44,310
Health Care and Social Assistance $38,030
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $38,010
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $33,800
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $38,010
Health Care and Social Assistance $38,030
Public Administration $44,310
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $46,780
Finance and Insurance $51,170
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