Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
295,620 0.8 % $57.34 $119,270 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $41.73 $51.83 $58.41 $66.66 $74.06
Annual Wage (2) $86,790 $107,810 $121,500 $138,660 $154,040


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 128,420 12.38 $57.51 $119,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 68,220 1.29 $57.43 $119,460
Grocery Stores 23,160 0.87 $55.69 $115,830
Other General Merchandise Stores 16,270 0.89 $60.62 $126,090
Department Stores 10,510 0.75 $56.66 $117,850

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 128,420 12.38 $57.51 $119,620
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 6,060 3.04 $58.13 $120,910
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 4,790 1.42 $55.97 $116,420
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,220 1.29 $56.98 $118,510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 68,220 1.29 $57.43 $119,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 190 0.03 $65.94 $137,140
Offices of Physicians 5,570 0.22 $63.88 $132,870
Outpatient Care Centers 4,050 0.55 $61.05 $126,980
Other General Merchandise Stores 16,270 0.89 $60.62 $126,090
Business Support Services 350 0.04 $59.14 $123,010


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 29,000 1.87 0.87 $65.26 $135,750
Texas 21,120 1.82 0.85 $57.92 $120,480
Florida 20,320 2.56 1.20 $55.82 $116,110
New York 18,770 2.09 0.97 $56.53 $117,590
Pennsylvania 12,830 2.25 1.05 $53.44 $111,160



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 2,360 3.34 1.56 $58.22 $121,090
South Dakota 1,230 2.98 1.39 $52.62 $109,450
Rhode Island 1,400 2.96 1.38 $55.91 $116,290
Tennessee 8,060 2.86 1.34 $56.88 $118,310
Alabama 5,330 2.83 1.32 $58.44 $121,550



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 490 1.51 0.70 $66.78 $138,910
California 29,000 1.87 0.87 $65.26 $135,750
New Hampshire 1,130 1.77 0.83 $61.78 $128,490
Maine 1,250 2.12 0.99 $60.26 $125,340
Vermont 490 1.61 0.75 $59.45 $123,650




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 13,370 2.06 0.96 $55.18 $114,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,280 2.02 0.94 $64.60 $134,380
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,970 1.95 0.91 $54.86 $114,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,350 1.83 0.85 $55.88 $116,230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,760 1.92 0.89 $56.32 $117,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,310 2.30 1.07 $57.33 $119,240
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,770 1.62 0.76 $57.01 $118,580
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,650 2.65 1.24 $55.36 $115,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,560 1.47 0.69 $54.36 $113,070
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,450 3.16 1.47 $56.15 $116,780