Salary for Geneticists

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Geneticists extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and utilize techniques such as polymerase chain reaction analysis and gel electrophoresis in their research. These scientists study the occurrence of specific genetic traits at population and organism levels, and the effects of genetic markers on organisms. They may work with specific problems such as hereditary diseases. These professionals may write and publish reports of their findings, as well as attend conferences and professional meetings. Doctoral degrees are generally required, athough some exceptions may be made for exceptionally qualified individuals with significant on-the-job training.

A Geneticists can get a pay level that can range from 56000 - 84000 depending on seniority. Geneticists will most likely earn an average wage of Seventy Three Thousand dollars on an annual basis.

Geneticists can get the best pay in the District of Columbia, where they can receive average job salaries of close to about $104350. These employees have the highest pay levels in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can earn wages of $76240.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 20.87 percent nationwide in that time.


Geneticists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Wholesale Trade
Health Care and Social Assistance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Educational Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Wholesale Trade