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Highest Paying Industries for Pharmacists

The top 100 highest paying industries for pharmacists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $132,990, other general merchandise stores is the highest paying industry for pharmacists. It is followed by offices of physicians industry (average annual salary $131,570). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of pharmacists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Pharmacists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Other General Merchandise Stores
$132,990
16,290
2 Offices of Physicians
$131,570
5,160
3 Outpatient Care Centers
$131,430
3,700
4 General Merchandise Stores
$130,150
29,270
5 Warehousing and Storage
$129,460
180
6 Transportation and Warehousing
$129,460
180
7 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$126,550
11,360
8 Department Stores
$126,310
12,980
9 Retail Trade
$122,860
182,490
10 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$122,300
2,560
11 Grocery Stores
$121,740
23,240
12 Food and Beverage Stores
$121,740
23,240
13 Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$121,190
125,450
14 Health and Personal Care Stores
$121,180
125,810
15 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$120,560
3,970
16 Nonstore Retailers
$120,470
4,150
17 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$119,910
180
18 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$119,810
290
19 Insurance Carriers
$119,570
1,090
20 Health Care and Social Assistance
$119,430
82,240
21 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$119,340
1,070
22 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$119,260
6,020
23 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$119,240
6,040
24 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$119,150
7,460
25 Hospitals - Local government owned
$119,150
7,520
26 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$119,030
1,230
27 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$119,020
8,550
28 Finance and Insurance
$119,010
1,240
29 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$118,980
55,600
30 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$118,950
66,010
31 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$118,850
350
32 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$118,850
350
33 Hospitals - Privately owned
$118,820
58,710
34 Wholesale Trade
$118,780
6,880
35 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$118,720
360
36 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$118,690
70,200
37 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$118,540
100
38 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$118,230
370
39 Direct Selling Establishments
$118,150
180
40 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$118,030
200
41 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$117,970
2,950
42 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$117,430
190
43 Scientific Research and Development Services
$117,400
190
44 Office Administrative Services
$117,220
n/a
45 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$116,850
3,080
46 Administrative and Support Services
$116,850
2,700
47 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$116,850
2,700
48 Employment Services
$116,670
1,890
49 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$116,550
2,680
50 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$116,540
560
51 Hospitals - State government owned
$115,930
3,980
52 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$115,890
120
53 Other Insurance Related Activities
$115,840
130
54 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$115,840
130
55 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$115,710
100
56 Temporary Help Services
$115,610
1,180
57 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$115,360
870
58 Consumer Goods Rental
$114,980
180
59 Individual and Family Services
$114,930
110
60 Rental and Leasing Services
$114,840
180
61 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$114,840
180
62 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$114,610
430
63 Chemical Manufacturing
$114,590
300
64 Manufacturing
$114,500
310
65 Social Assistance
$114,170
130
66 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$114,170
300
67 Home Health Care Services
$113,940
1,860
68 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$113,920
n/a
69 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$113,920
n/a
70 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$113,830
490
71 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$113,650
21,700
72 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$113,460
50
73 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$113,290
910
74 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$112,670
70
75 State government, including schools and hospitals
$112,070
6,700
76 Federal government, including USPS
$111,600
6,450
77 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$111,600
6,450
78 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$111,600
8,770
79 Federal, State, and Local Government
$111,600
8,770
80 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$110,910
1,360
81 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$110,030
1,680
82 Educational Services
$109,960
1,690
83 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$109,610
1,120
84 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$108,480
70
85 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$108,400
250
86 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$108,300
60
87 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$108,060
1,270
88 Educational Services - State government owned
$108,050
1,270
89 Educational Services - Privately owned
$107,890
260
90 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$107,620
120
91 Information
$107,220
n/a
92 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$106,110
670
93 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$104,580
1,450
94 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$91,770
n/a
See also: Highest paying cities for pharmacists.