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Genetic Counselors Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for genetic counselors in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of genetic counselors among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Genetic Counselors in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,400
25th Percentile Wage
$71,220
50th Percentile Wage
$90,610
75th Percentile Wage
$104,390
90th Percentile Wage
$124,380

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for genetic counselors in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $124,380. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $90,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,400.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of genetic counselors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$90,610
9.50% 50.01%
2016
$82,000
-4.88% -
2015
$86,000
11.97% -
2014
$75,710
17.53% -
2013
$62,440
27.45% -
2012
$45,300
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Genetic Counselors in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of genetic counselors in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of genetic counselors in state of California ranges from $83,460 to $113,390. The highest paying area for genetic counselors in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $113,390. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $104,820). The lowest paying area is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $83,460.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$113,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$104,820
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$99,780
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$91,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$89,390
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$87,590
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$87,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$83,460




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