Monday, September 21, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Pharmacist Pay

There were about 311,000 pharmacists working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Pharmacists work in varied settings, including health and personal care stores, hospitals, food and general merchandise stores with pharmacy services, and other businesses involved in the distribution of pharmacy products. Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced technical training and skills, pharmacists typically earn higher salaries and wages than most workers in other occupations.  According to BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for pharmacists was $125,510 per year, well above the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  While a well paying occupation, there is considerable variation from state-to-state in how much pharmacists earn.  Per BLS data, as of May 2019 these were the ten states where pharmacists earn the highest pay:

California $144,050
Alaska $142,610
Vermont $135,650
Oregon $135,150
Maine $134,670
Wisconsin $134,090
Minnesota $130,290
Delaware $130,230
New Hampshire $129,370
Hawaii $129,360

The bottom ten states for pharmacist pay were:

Arkansas $120,020
Indiana $119,920
Pennsylvania $119,800
South Dakota $118,360
Nebraska $117,630
Iowa $117,420
Ohio $117,020
Oklahoma $116,170
Montana $115,270
North Dakota $100,560

So where does your state rank for pharmacist pay?

Check out Pharmacist Average Wages by State for more information.