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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of pharmacists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
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|
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |