Pharmacists Salary Information

The salary statistics of pharmacists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of pharmacists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The pharmacists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Pharmacists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$87,120
25th Percentile Wage
$109,400
50th Percentile Wage
$122,230
75th Percentile Wage
$138,920
90th Percentile Wage
$157,950

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for pharmacists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) pharmacists is $157,950. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $122,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $87,120. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 81% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
2016122,2300.60%4.55%
2015121,5000.45%-
2014120,9501.38%-
2013119,2802.19%-
2012116,670--

Table 2. Pharmacists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of pharmacists in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for pharmacists occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $123,850. The lowest paying sector is the information sector (annual salary $107,220).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$123,850
Health Care and Social Assistance
$123,400
Retail Trade
$122,480
Manufacturing
$121,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$121,380
Wholesale Trade
$120,720
Finance and Insurance
$119,440
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$118,910
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$117,840
Educational Services
$116,870
Federal, State, and Local Government
$115,920
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$113,830
Information
$107,220

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Pharmacists by States

From the above tables we note that not only pharmacists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of pharmacists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $90,990 to $142,780. The highest paying state for pharmacists is California with a median annual salary of $142,780. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $90,990. For more salary information of pharmacists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$142,780
Alaska
$142,730
Vermont
$133,720
Minnesota
$127,730
New Hampshire
$127,550
Nevada
$126,670
Wisconsin
$126,300
Maine
$125,780
Oregon
$125,690
Texas
$124,360
Washington
$124,350
Kentucky
$123,720
North Carolina
$123,470
South Carolina
$123,450
West Virginia
$123,130
Virginia
$122,950
Colorado
$122,810
Missouri
$122,520
Arizona
$122,460
Maryland
$122,350
Connecticut
$122,220
District of Columbia
$122,050
New Mexico
$121,590
Tennessee
$121,540
Kansas
$121,520
Mississippi
$121,510
Illinois
$121,120
Alabama
$120,880
Indiana
$120,680
Ohio
$120,380
Florida
$120,260
Arkansas
$119,950
Utah
$119,840
Delaware
$119,350
New York
$119,350
Hawaii
$119,250
Georgia
$118,900
Michigan
$118,790
Idaho
$118,250
Massachusetts
$118,180
Wyoming
$118,000
Oklahoma
$117,930
Guam
$117,830
Pennsylvania
$117,650
New Jersey
$117,400
Rhode Island
$117,220
Montana
$116,400
Iowa
$116,310
North Dakota
$116,000
South Dakota
$115,670
Louisiana
$115,370
Nebraska
$114,650
Virgin Islands
$114,590
Puerto Rico
$90,990


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