Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
287,420 0.7 % $56.01 $116,500 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $42.79 $50.19 $57.35 $65.56 $70.84
Annual Wage (2) $89,000 $104,400 $119,280 $136,360 $147,350


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 126,350 12.39 $56.67 $117,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 63,870 1.21 $55.49 $115,420
Grocery Stores 23,030 0.90 $53.99 $112,310
Other General Merchandise Stores 16,500 0.93 $60.21 $125,240
Department Stores 13,040 0.93 $55.66 $115,770

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 126,350 12.39 $56.67 $117,870
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 4,950 2.63 $55.57 $115,590
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 3,770 1.28 $53.76 $111,820
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 63,870 1.21 $55.49 $115,420
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,770 1.16 $54.66 $113,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other General Merchandise Stores 16,500 0.93 $60.21 $125,240
Warehousing and Storage 160 0.02 $59.88 $124,540
Offices of Physicians 4,610 0.19 $59.21 $123,160
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 210 0.08 $58.66 $122,010
Outpatient Care Centers 3,500 0.52 $58.37 $121,420


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 26,810 1.82 0.84 $62.29 $129,560
Texas 20,670 1.89 0.87 $56.15 $116,790
New York 19,060 2.21 1.02 $56.81 $118,170
Florida 18,490 2.48 1.14 $54.12 $112,560
Pennsylvania 12,360 2.20 1.02 $51.64 $107,420




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 2,210 3.11 1.43 $55.99 $116,450
Tennessee 8,230 3.05 1.41 $56.12 $116,720
Alabama 5,200 2.82 1.30 $57.22 $119,020
Montana 1,210 2.77 1.28 $50.52 $105,080
South Carolina 4,960 2.72 1.25 $55.91 $116,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 470 1.44 0.67 $63.96 $133,030
California 26,810 1.82 0.84 $62.29 $129,560
Maine 1,270 2.19 1.01 $61.31 $127,520
Vermont 530 1.78 0.82 $59.04 $122,800
Wisconsin 5,400 2.00 0.92 $58.72 $122,130





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 11,240 2.14 0.99 $56.36 $117,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,930 1.74 0.80 $61.78 $128,490
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,800 1.84 0.85 $55.17 $114,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,970 2.15 0.99 $55.28 $114,980
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,530 1.64 0.76 $54.22 $112,790
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,470 2.43 1.12 $52.56 $109,330
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,890 2.18 1.01 $58.55 $121,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,870 1.80 0.83 $55.34 $115,110
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,860 1.63 0.75 $53.97 $112,250
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,230 2.80 1.29 $54.29 $112,930