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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
$95,150
25th Percentile Wage
$110,770
50th Percentile Wage
$123,400
75th Percentile Wage
$141,100
90th Percentile Wage
$159,260

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 $159,260. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $123,400. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid pharmacists is $95,150.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of pharmacists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016123,4001.42%7.18%
2015121,6501.82%-
2014119,4302.19%-
2013116,8101.94%-
2012114,540--

Compare Pharmacists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of pharmacists in 33 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 $135,530. The lowest paying industry is the psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals - state government owned industry (annual salary $107,770). For detailed pharmacists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Outpatient Care Centers
$135,530
Offices of Physicians
$131,700
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$128,950
Hospitals - Local government owned
$124,290
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$124,270
Individual and Family Services
$123,770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$123,670
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$123,040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$122,850
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$122,820
Hospitals - Privately owned
$122,720
Hospitals - State government owned
$121,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$121,590
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$120,970
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$120,900
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$120,570
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$120,340
Social Assistance
$120,150
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$120,100
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$119,460
Home Health Care Services
$119,280
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$119,200
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$118,790
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$118,770
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$118,650
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$118,550
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$118,390
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$117,390
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$113,900
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$112,940
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$108,860
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$108,860
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$107,770

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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