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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Pharmacists
Industry profile for Pharmacists
Geographic profile for Pharmacists

National estimates for Pharmacists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Pharmacists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
315,470 1.1 % $ 60.32 $ 125,460 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pharmacists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 40.96 $ 54.18 $ 61.88 $ 71.01 $ 79.32
Annual Wage (2) $ 85,210 $ 112,690 $ 128,710 $ 147,690 $ 164,980


Industry profile for Pharmacists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Pharmacists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 135,070 13.99 $ 59.07 $ 122,860
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 78,940 1.41 $ 61.69 $ 128,310
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 25,490 0.88 $ 59.67 $ 124,120
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 7,470 1.99 $ 59.84 $ 124,470
Outpatient Care Centers 6,820 0.71 $ 70.74 $ 147,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Pharmacists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 135,070 13.99 $ 59.07 $ 122,860
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 7,470 1.99 $ 59.84 $ 124,470
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,990 1.49 $ 60.74 $ 126,330
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 78,940 1.41 $ 61.69 $ 128,310
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 4,790 1.16 $ 62.01 $ 128,990

Top paying industries for Pharmacists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 6,820 0.71 $ 70.74 $ 147,130
Grantmaking and Giving Services 30 0.02 $ 68.27 $ 142,010
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 110 0.04 $ 64.78 $ 134,740
Warehousing and Storage 30 (7) $ 64.06 $ 133,250
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,320 0.02 $ 64.06 $ 133,250


Geographic profile for Pharmacists:

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





States with the highest employment level in Pharmacists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 32,520 1.98 0.87 $ 70.22 $ 146,070
Texas 23,150 1.91 0.84 $ 60.32 $ 125,470
Florida 20,200 2.39 1.05 $ 58.32 $ 121,310
New York 19,460 2.24 0.99 $ 58.24 $ 121,150
Pennsylvania 14,900 2.70 1.19 $ 58.28 $ 121,230




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 1,260 3.15 1.39 $ 49.73 $ 103,440
West Virginia 2,000 3.08 1.36 $ 62.23 $ 129,440
Louisiana 5,440 3.02 1.33 $ 59.31 $ 123,350
Rhode Island 1,340 3.02 1.33 $ 55.31 $ 115,050
Montana 1,370 3.01 1.33 $ 56.11 $ 116,710




Top paying states for Pharmacists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 470 1.58 0.70 $ 70.69 $ 147,040
California 32,520 1.98 0.87 $ 70.22 $ 146,070
Oregon 4,210 2.33 1.03 $ 65.72 $ 136,700
Maine 1,320 2.30 1.02 $ 64.47 $ 134,100
Vermont 530 1.89 0.83 $ 63.42 $ 131,910





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Pharmacists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 20,360 2.30 1.02 $ 59.27 $ 123,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,820 2.20 0.97 $ 67.95 $ 141,330
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,690 1.99 0.88 $ 60.18 $ 125,180
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,190 3.04 1.34 $ 62.17 $ 129,300
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,950 1.94 0.85 $ 56.75 $ 118,030
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 6,460 3.06 1.35 $ 58.32 $ 121,300
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 6,120 2.44 1.08 $ 58.59 $ 121,860
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,080 2.34 1.03 $ 59.19 $ 123,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,990 2.02 0.89 $ 59.61 $ 123,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,720 1.56 0.69 $ 59.83 $ 124,450




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pharmacists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 260 6.66 2.93 $ 52.12 $ 108,410
Fargo, ND-MN 840 6.22 2.74 $ 43.54 $ 90,570
Iowa City, IA 490 5.67 2.50 $ 55.65 $ 115,750
New Bedford, MA 290 4.95 2.18 $ 63.31 $ 131,690
Athens-Clarke County, GA 400 4.73 2.08 $ 53.87 $ 112,040
Lawrence, KS 200 4.47 1.97 $ 39.49 $ 82,150
Springfield, MO 900 4.40 1.94 $ 64.16 $ 133,450
Johnson City, TN 330 4.35 1.92 $ 55.48 $ 115,390
Sioux Falls, SD 640 4.14 1.83 $ 57.43 $ 119,460
Pocatello, ID 140 4.13 1.82 $ 54.22 $ 112,770