The average annual and hourly salaries for pharmacists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of pharmacists amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$103,180|
|25th Percentile Wage||$125,740|
|50th Percentile Wage||$143,190|
|75th Percentile Wage||$158,150|
|90th Percentile Wage||$169,280|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for pharmacists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $169,280. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $143,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $103,180.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of pharmacists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
Table 3 shows the median annual salary of pharmacists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of pharmacists in state of California ranges from $123,290 to $154,640. The highest paying area for pharmacists in California is North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $154,640. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Cruz-Watsonville (mean annual salary $154,320). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $123,290.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|Yuba City|| |
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|El Centro|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |