Pharmacist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Pharmacist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $144,670
California $144,660
Indiana $116,951
Vermont $139,970
Maine $135,510
Wisconsin $131,450
Arizona $127,800
Oregon $137,620
Minnesota $136,540
Missouri $129,000
Washington $130,250
New Hampshire $129,410
Illinois $123,430
Kentucky $122,450
Texas $128,260
Virgin Islands $119,680
Arkansas $120,641
Kansas $120,730
Alabama $120,211
New Mexico $127,610
Delaware $125,530
Connecticut $122,767
District of Columbia $126,110
Nevada $128,290
Tennessee $125,400
Mississippi $124,770
Virginia $128,260
North Carolina $127,250
Hawaii $121,780
South Carolina $126,670
Idaho $123,120
Maryland $122,450
New York $124,220
Colorado $127,490
Rhode Island $122,170
New Jersey $119,330
Florida $122,540
Nebraska $121,390
Louisiana $119,370
Pennsylvania $111,019
Georgia $122,460
Iowa $116,160
Wyoming $122,250
Michigan $122,320
Utah $122,730
Massachusetts $120,250
Ohio $121,770
South Dakota $118,140
West Virginia $122,980
Guam $118,510
Oklahoma $119,120
Montana $117,580
North Dakota $115,340
Puerto Rico $92,450

How much does a Pharmacist earn?

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).

How do pharmacist salaries compare to similar careers?

Pharmacists earn 8% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than prosthodontists but more than physician assistants.

Career Median Salary
Prosthodontist salary $177K
Nurse anesthetist salary $168K
Pharmacist salary $126K
Optometrist salary $112K
Nurse practitioner salary $107K
Health services manager salary $100K
Physician assistant salary $109K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)