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Pharmacists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for pharmacists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of pharmacists amongst California metropolitan areas 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 Pharmacists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$103,180
25th Percentile Wage
$125,740
50th Percentile Wage
$143,190
75th Percentile Wage
$158,150
90th Percentile Wage
$169,280

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for pharmacists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $169,280. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $143,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $103,180.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$143,190
0.29% 7.81%
2016
$142,780
1.09% -
2015
$141,220
2.61% -
2014
$137,540
2.22% -
2013
$134,490
1.85% -
2012
$132,000
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Pharmacists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of pharmacists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of pharmacists in state of California ranges from $123,290 to $154,640. The highest paying area for pharmacists in California is North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $154,640. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Cruz-Watsonville (mean annual salary $154,320). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $123,290.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$154,640
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$154,320
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$150,990
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$149,880
Yuba City
$149,510
Modesto
$148,800
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$148,630
Vallejo-Fairfield
$148,280
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$147,460
El Centro
$147,210
Chico
$146,990
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$146,840
Bakersfield-Delano
$146,350
Visalia-Porterville
$146,290
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$146,130
Stockton
$146,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$145,550
Redding
$145,300
Salinas
$144,820
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$144,430
Merced
$143,520
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$143,220
Fresno
$143,010
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$142,410
Madera-Chowchilla
$141,790
Hanford-Corcoran
$140,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$139,660
Napa
$139,150
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$137,520
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$136,840
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$135,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$135,790
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$135,220
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$123,290




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