Monday, February 28, 2022

Pharmacist Pay in the Great Plains Region

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) most current occupational employment data put pharmacist employment at more than 315,000 as of May 2020.  Just over 25,000 pharmacist jobs were in the seven-state Great Plains region at that time.  BLS data reveals a good bit of disparity in the region for pharmacist pay.  Minnesota and Missouri ranked 7th and 13th, respectively, for pharmacist annual mean wages.  At the same time, however, about 45% of the region's pharmacists lived in a state where the pharmacist annual mean wage level was below the national average.  Moreover, two Great Plains states, Nebraska and North Dakota, ranked among the five worst states in the nation for pharmacist annual mean wage levels.  BLS data from May 2020 offers the following details about pharmacist pay in Great Plains region of the U.S.:

Pharmacist Pay in the Great Plains Region
Pharmacist Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 2,880 $121,030 39th
KS 3,420 $122,470 28th
MN 6,730 $130,690 7th
MO 7,000 $127,430 13th
NE 2,580 $118,570 47th
ND 1,260 $103,440 51st
SD 1,200 $121,130 36th
U.S. 315,470 $125,460 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 2, 2021

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