How much does a Pharmacist make in the United States?

Average Pharmacist Yearly Salary in the United States

Pharmacists earn an average yearly salary of $116,305. Salaries typically start from $73,199 and go up to $153,701.

Average Pharmacist Hourly Wage in the United States

Pharmacists earn an average hourly wage of $55.92. Hourly wages typically start from $35.19 and go up to $73.89.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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According to Drug Topics' 2015 Salary Survey, the financial picture for pharmacists remains relatively positive. Over half of the respondents in the survey say that their pharmacist salary is based on an hourly wage - 44.1% of hourly employees report making between $50 and $60 each hour.

Compensation for salaried employees may also be on the rise. In 2013, 12% reported earning $141,000 or more each year. That number has grown to 14.4% this year. A greater percentage (42.6%) of salaried employees, however, report earning between $116,000 and $140,000 each year, with an additional 18.6% of salaried pharmacists making somewhere between $101,000 and $115,000.

Do Men or Women Earn More?

Being a pharmacist offers a six-figure salary - and the pay is nearly equal for men and women. "The position of pharmacist is probably the most egalitarian of all U.S. professions today," Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz wrote in a paper on the subject they published in September.

Women make up slightly more than 50% of all full-time pharmacists, according to Census data collected in 2011. Once you factor in pharmacists that work part-time, they make up around 55% of the profession. Full-time female pharmacists earned a median salary of $111,000 in 2011, about 92 cents to the dollar of their male counterparts.

Pharmacist Compensation by Geographical Region

Pharmacist salaries vary significantly depending on geographical location. According to the BLS (2015), the highest paying states are Alaska ($138,910), California ($135,750), New Hampshire ($128,490), Maine ($125,340), and Vermont ($123.650).

Employment Type Mix

82%
Full-Time
18%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Pharmacist demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
579
RATINGS
Pharmacists average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Pharmacists in the 68th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Pharmacist Earnings by Seniority

Top End Pharmacist Earnings

The highest earning Pharmacists in the United States earn:

$73.89
an hour
$153,701.0
per year
Senior Pharmacist Earnings

Senior Pharmacists in the United States earn:

$65.68
an hour
$136,616.0
per year
Experienced Pharmacist Earnings

Experienced Pharmacists in the United States earn:

$58.02
an hour
$120,671.6
per year
Junior Pharmacist Earnings

Junior Pharmacists in the United States earn:

$50.60
an hour
$105,255.2
per year
Starting Pharmacist Earnings

Starting Pharmacists in the United States earn:

$35.19
an hour
$73,199.0
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Pharmacist Salary Comparison

Pharmacists earn more than 94% percent of similar careers in the United States.

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Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Pharmacist salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Pharmacist Salary in Alaska $66.18 $137,650 # 1
Pharmacist Salary in California $65.43 $136,100 # 2
Pharmacist Salary in New Hampshire $61.92 $128,790 # 3
Pharmacist Salary in Vermont $61.72 $128,380 # 4
Pharmacist Salary in Wisconsin $59.64 $124,060 # 5
Pharmacist Salary in Texas $59.47 $123,700 # 6
Pharmacist Salary in Washington $59.43 $123,620 # 7
Pharmacist Salary in Nevada $59.34 $123,430 # 8
Pharmacist Salary in Maine $59.25 $123,250 # 9
Pharmacist Salary in Oregon $59.12 $122,970 # 10
Pharmacist Salary in Minnesota $59.09 $122,900 # 11
Pharmacist Salary in South Carolina $58.99 $122,690 # 12
Pharmacist Salary in Kentucky $58.50 $121,690 # 13
Pharmacist Salary in North Carolina $58.41 $121,490 # 14
Pharmacist Salary in Mississippi $58.39 $121,450 # 15
Pharmacist Salary in Missouri $58.14 $120,930 # 16
Pharmacist Salary in Oklahoma $58.12 $120,890 # 17
Pharmacist Salary in Connecticut $58.07 $120,780 # 18
Pharmacist Salary in District of Columbia $58.05 $120,740 # 19
Pharmacist Salary in Maryland $57.88 $120,400 # 20
Pharmacist Salary in New Mexico $57.86 $120,340 # 21
Pharmacist Salary in Alabama $57.86 $120,340 # 22
Pharmacist Salary in Tennessee $57.68 $119,970 # 23
Pharmacist Salary in Arizona $57.43 $119,450 # 24
Pharmacist Salary in Virginia $57.24 $119,050 # 25
Pharmacist Salary in New York $56.99 $118,530 # 26
Pharmacist Salary in Kansas $56.98 $118,510 # 27
Pharmacist Salary in West Virginia $56.93 $118,410 # 28
Pharmacist Salary in Florida $56.88 $118,300 # 29
Pharmacist Salary in Colorado $56.62 $117,760 # 30
Pharmacist Salary in Delaware $56.52 $117,560 # 31
Pharmacist Salary in New Jersey $56.46 $117,440 # 32
Pharmacist Salary in Illinois $56.32 $117,140 # 33
Pharmacist Salary in Arkansas $56.23 $116,960 # 34
Pharmacist Salary in Indiana $56.12 $116,730 # 35
Pharmacist Salary in United States $55.92 $116,305.2 # 36
Pharmacist Salary in Georgia $55.85 $116,170 # 37
Pharmacist Salary in Idaho $55.78 $116,030 # 38
Pharmacist Salary in Wyoming $55.55 $115,550 # 39
Pharmacist Salary in Ohio $55.44 $115,310 # 40
Pharmacist Salary in Hawaii $55.23 $114,880 # 41
Pharmacist Salary in Michigan $55.21 $114,830 # 42
Pharmacist Salary in Massachusetts $55.10 $114,600 # 43
Pharmacist Salary in Pennsylvania $54.63 $113,630 # 44
Pharmacist Salary in North Dakota $54.45 $113,250 # 45
Pharmacist Salary in Utah $54.21 $112,760 # 46
Pharmacist Salary in Louisiana $54.19 $112,710 # 47
Pharmacist Salary in Guam $53.99 $112,300 # 48
Pharmacist Salary in South Dakota $53.89 $112,090 # 49
Pharmacist Salary in Montana $53.68 $111,660 # 50
Pharmacist Salary in Rhode Island $53.62 $111,530 # 51
Pharmacist Salary in Iowa $53.00 $110,240 # 52
Pharmacist Salary in Nebraska $52.25 $108,670 # 53
Pharmacist Salary in Virgin Islands $49.25 $102,430 # 54
Pharmacist Salary in Puerto Rico $41.20 $85,700 # 55