Pharmacist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Pharmacist salary by state

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

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 about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than nurse anesthetists but more than health services managers.

Career Median Salary
Nurse anesthetist salary $175K
Pharmacist salary $128K
Optometrist salary $115K
Physician assistant salary $112K
Anesthesiologist assistant salary $112K
Health services manager salary $100K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)