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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Pharmacists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$103,390
25th Percentile Wage
$123,960
50th Percentile Wage
$142,780
75th Percentile Wage
$158,420
90th Percentile Wage
$169,790

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 $169,790. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $142,780. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $103,390.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$49.71
25th Percentile Wage
$59.60
50th Percentile Wage
$68.64
75th Percentile Wage
$76.16
90th Percentile Wage
$81.63

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for pharmacists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $81.63. The median hourly salary is $68.64. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $49.71.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of pharmacists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016142,7801.09%7.55%
2015141,2202.61%-
2014137,5402.22%-
2013134,4901.85%-
2012132,000--

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 $125,740 to $153,210. The highest paying area for pharmacists in California is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $153,210. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Chico (mean annual salary $150,250). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $125,740.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$153,210
Chico
$150,250
Fresno
$149,680
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$148,880
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$148,660
El Centro
$146,800
Modesto
$146,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$146,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$145,920
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$145,680
Stockton
$145,550
Yuba City
$145,530
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$145,480
Vallejo-Fairfield
$145,330
Bakersfield-Delano
$145,130
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$144,810
Redding
$143,100
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$142,410
Hanford-Corcoran
$142,390
Merced
$142,130
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$141,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$140,910
Visalia-Porterville
$140,630
Salinas
$139,580
Madera-Chowchilla
$139,540
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$139,530
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$137,890
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$136,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$135,790
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$134,200
Napa
$134,190
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$126,830
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$125,740


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