Monday, February 1, 2021

20 Best Metro Areas for Pharmacist Pay

As we reviewed in Pharmacist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets, the largest number of pharmacist jobs are found in the biggest U.S. metropolitan markets. However, a closer look at data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that smaller metro areas are where pharmacists often times find better pay. A review of May 2019 BLS data shows that only two of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas were among the 20 best metro areas for pharmacist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Tyler, TX 270 $161,790
2 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 380 $158,250
3 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 270 $157,850
4 Madera, CA 120 $156,250
5 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,700 $152,840
6 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 210 $152,410
7 Salinas, CA 270 $151,980
8 Bakersfield, CA 620 $151,620
9 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 420 $150,950
10 Yuba City, CA 80 $150,830
11 Merced, CA 200 $150,520
12 Modesto, CA 320 $150,180
13 Redding, CA 140 $150,030
14 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 200 $149,320
15 Appleton, WI 120 $149,090
16 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 3,880 $148,390
17 Fresno, CA 640 $147,580
18 Hanford-Corcoran, CA 80 $147,530
19 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#) 2,980 $147,190
20 Madison, WI 870 $146,920
National 311,200 $125,510

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on October 31, 2020