The average salary for a Genetic Counselor is $65,009 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Clinical Research is associated with high pay for this job.

$49,958 - $87,600
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$88K
MEDIAN: $65,009
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$30.01 - $45.73
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,958 - $87,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
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$50,801 - $88,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$30.01 - $45.73  
   
Overtime
$28.25  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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$0.00 - $3,030  
   
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$50,801 - $88,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Genetic Counselor

A genetics counselor may provide a multitude of services in a number of different specialties in medicine. Their position may include working directly with adults, children, pregnant women and couples that wish to have children, among others. Areas covered by these counselors with adults include genetic diseases and diagnosis, counseling, and analysis of certain tumors; with children, they include congenital diseases such as cystic fibrosis. For pregnant women and couples trying to conceive, the genetic counselor's main goal is typically identifying possible genetic defects and inborn errors of mutation.

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Genetic Counselor Tasks

  • Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments and develop treatment plans.
  • Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, and tests.
  • Evaluate clients' genetic probabilities based on review of client information.
  • Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.
  • Set-up, track and review laboratory test results.

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Pay by Experience Level for Genetic Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Genetic Counselor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$66,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Genetic Counselor Salaries

Clinical Research
up arrow 27%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 4%

National Average
$66,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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