Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

29-1051 Pharmacists

Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
272,320 0.7 % $53.92 $112,160 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $40.62 $48.73 $54.51 $62.17 $69.27
Annual Wage (2) $84,490 $101,360 $113,390 $129,310 $144,090


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 119,770 12.10 $54.83 $114,040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 59,640 1.15 $53.27 $110,810
Grocery Stores 22,210 0.90 $52.35 $108,890
Department Stores 16,370 1.06 $52.52 $109,240
Other General Merchandise Stores 14,820 0.97 $57.03 $118,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 119,770 12.10 $54.83 $114,040
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 3,830 2.03 $51.76 $107,660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 59,640 1.15 $53.27 $110,810
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,460 1.12 $53.52 $111,320
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 2,860 1.11 $51.08 $106,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 120 0.05 $60.33 $125,480
Other General Merchandise Stores 14,820 0.97 $57.03 $118,630
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 620 0.06 $56.97 $118,490
Offices of Physicians 2,430 0.10 $56.61 $117,750
Outpatient Care Centers 3,070 0.50 $56.49 $117,510


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 22,960 1.64 0.77 $59.04 $122,800
Texas 20,000 1.94 0.91 $54.60 $113,570
New York 17,820 2.11 1.00 $53.72 $111,750
Florida 17,290 2.42 1.14 $53.73 $111,760
Pennsylvania 12,110 2.18 1.03 $50.58 $105,210




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 2,130 3.04 1.43 $55.74 $115,950
Alabama 4,950 2.74 1.29 $57.60 $119,810
South Carolina 4,810 2.71 1.28 $55.18 $114,780
Tennessee 6,860 2.64 1.24 $55.51 $115,460
Michigan 10,010 2.61 1.23 $54.38 $113,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 410 1.30 0.61 $60.25 $125,330
Maine 1,290 2.24 1.06 $60.24 $125,310
California 22,960 1.64 0.77 $59.04 $122,800
Vermont 570 1.95 0.92 $58.89 $122,490
Alabama 4,950 2.74 1.29 $57.60 $119,810





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,640 2.10 0.99 $51.52 $107,150
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,990 1.67 0.79 $48.92 $101,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,780 1.51 0.71 $57.66 $119,940
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,460 2.14 1.01 $52.35 $108,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,570 2.52 1.19 $51.28 $106,670
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,020 1.81 0.85 $52.48 $109,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,650 1.58 0.74 $53.75 $111,800
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,490 1.71 0.80 $52.95 $110,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,320 1.94 0.91 $54.51 $113,380
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,100 1.85 0.87 $51.25 $106,590