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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Pharmacists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$87,420
25th Percentile Wage
$110,310
50th Percentile Wage
$124,170
75th Percentile Wage
$142,710
90th Percentile Wage
$159,410

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 $159,410. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $124,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $87,420. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 82% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of pharmacists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$124,170
1.56% 6.04%
2016
$122,230
0.60% -
2015
$121,500
0.45% -
2014
$120,950
1.38% -
2013
$119,280
2.19% -
2012
$116,670
- -

Table 2. Pharmacists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of pharmacists in 14 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 manufacturing sector with an annual salary $126,500. The lowest paying sector is the information sector (annual salary $107,220).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$126,500
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$126,480
Health Care and Social Assistance
$125,230
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$124,960
Retail Trade
$124,520
Transportation and Warehousing
$123,850
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$121,950
Wholesale Trade
$121,590
Finance and Insurance
$121,590
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$120,140
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$119,330
Educational Services
$118,620
Federal, State, and Local Government
$117,090
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 $93,710 to $144,400. The highest paying state for pharmacists is Alaska with a median annual salary of $144,400. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $93,710. For more salary information of pharmacists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$144,400
California
$143,190
Vermont
$139,210
Minnesota
$134,160
Maine
$131,210
Wisconsin
$130,610
Oregon
$129,990
Nevada
$128,630
Virginia
$128,550
New Hampshire
$128,090
Arizona
$127,540
Texas
$127,020
Washington
$126,670
South Carolina
$125,970
North Carolina
$125,230
Connecticut
$125,120
Kentucky
$124,960
Missouri
$124,850
New Mexico
$124,590
Colorado
$124,540
District of Columbia
$124,240
Illinois
$123,150
Mississippi
$123,150
West Virginia
$123,120
Tennessee
$122,750
Delaware
$122,450
New York
$122,210
Kansas
$121,930
Alabama
$121,710
Indiana
$121,560
Idaho
$121,510
Hawaii
$121,470
Arkansas
$121,440
Georgia
$121,240
Florida
$120,970
Maryland
$120,910
Ohio
$120,600
Michigan
$120,500
Wyoming
$120,450
Massachusetts
$120,250
Utah
$119,020
Rhode Island
$118,960
Pennsylvania
$118,750
New Jersey
$117,780
South Dakota
$117,690
Virgin Islands
$117,680
Iowa
$117,680
Montana
$117,540
Nebraska
$117,520
North Dakota
$117,470
Oklahoma
$117,350
Louisiana
$117,090
Guam
$116,440
Puerto Rico
$93,710



Related:

💰 Highest paying states for pharmacists

💰 Highest paying cities for pharmacists

💰 Highest paying industries for pharmacists.