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Pharmacists Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of pharmacists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare pharmacists salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Pharmacists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$96,020
25th Percentile Wage
$111,720
50th Percentile Wage
$125,230
75th Percentile Wage
$144,450
90th Percentile Wage
$160,630

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for pharmacists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) pharmacists is $160,630. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $125,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid pharmacists is $96,020.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of pharmacists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$125,230
1.46% 8.54%
2016
$123,400
1.42% -
2015
$121,650
1.82% -
2014
$119,430
2.19% -
2013
$116,810
1.94% -
2012
$114,540
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Compare Pharmacists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of pharmacists in 34 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for pharmacists occupations is the outpatient care centers industry with an annual salary $134,210. The lowest paying industry is the other ambulatory health care services industry (annual salary $108,470). For detailed pharmacists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Outpatient Care Centers
$134,210
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$130,380
Offices of Physicians
$128,390
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$128,330
Hospitals - Local government owned
$127,420
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$127,400
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$125,910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$125,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$125,140
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$124,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$124,830
Hospitals - Privately owned
$124,710
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$123,660
Hospitals - State government owned
$123,620
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$123,260
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$123,210
Individual and Family Services
$122,760
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$122,530
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$121,900
Social Assistance
$121,320
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$121,000
Home Health Care Services
$120,880
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$120,750
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$118,790
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$118,780
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$118,680
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$118,440
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$117,830
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$116,690
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$115,780
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$114,350
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$110,000
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$108,470
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$108,470

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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