Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Best and Worst States for Pharmacist Pay

There were more than 312,500 pharmacists working in the U.S. as of May 2021 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 2021, the national mean wage for pharmacists was $125,690 per year.  While a well-paying occupation, there is considerable variation from state to state in how much pharmacists earn.  Per BLS data, as of May 2021, these were the ten best and worst states for pharmacist pay:

The Best and Worst States for Pharmacist Pay

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CA 33,130 $146,140 1st
AK 480 $145,910 2nd
OR 4,040 $136,520 3rd
WA 7,300 $134,290 4th
VT 420 $130,460 5th
WI 5,850 $129,640 6th
DE 900 $129,360 7th
MN 6,520 $129,160 8th
NH 1,190 $128,870 9th
NY 18,680 $128,260 10th
U.S. 312,550 $125,690 -------
IN 5,830 $119,020 42nd
NE 2,210 $118,940 43rd
IL 12,430 $118,770 44th
WV 2,120 $117,420 45th
OK 3,690 $116,450 46th
DC 900 $116,340 47th
SC 5,340 $116,080 48th
ND 1,100 $115,480 49th
TN 7,940 $115,400 50th
RI 1,140 $110,410 51st

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on August 6, 2022

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