Pharmacist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Pharmacist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $144,660
Vermont $139,970
Maine $135,510
Wisconsin $131,450
Oregon $137,620
Minnesota $136,540
Missouri $129,000
Washington $130,250
New Hampshire $129,410
Texas $128,260
Virgin Islands $119,680
New Mexico $127,610
Delaware $125,530
Illinois $128,460
Arizona $127,800
District of Columbia $126,110
Nevada $128,290
Tennessee $125,400
Mississippi $124,770
Connecticut $125,510
Virginia $128,260
North Carolina $127,250
South Carolina $126,670
Kentucky $126,310
Alabama $122,390
Idaho $123,120
Kansas $124,120
Hawaii $122,880
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
Georgia $122,460
Arkansas $122,110
Wyoming $122,250
Michigan $122,320
Utah $122,730
Indiana $123,770
Massachusetts $120,250
Ohio $121,770
South Dakota $118,140
Pennsylvania $120,530
Iowa $119,450
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 9% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than nurse practitioners but more than occupational therapists.

Career Median Salary
Nurse practitioner salary $113K
Nurse anesthetist salary $168K
Physician assistant salary $92K
Optometrist salary $112K
Nurse educator salary $61K
Pharmacist salary $102K
Anesthesiologist assistant salary $109K
Neuropsychologist salary $101K
Informatics nurse specialist salary $89K
Occupational therapist salary $72K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)