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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
309,550 1.1 % $59.45 $123,670 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $42.21 $53.53 $60.64 $70.13 $77.53
Annual Wage (2) $87,790 $111,340 $126,120 $145,870 $161,250


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 135,300 12.70 $58.84 $122,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 75,270 1.36 $60.41 $125,660
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 23,970 0.82 $60.21 $125,240
General Merchandise Stores 19,630 0.62 $60.23 $125,280
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 8,240 2.20 $58.80 $122,300

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 135,300 12.70 $58.84 $122,380
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 8,240 2.20 $58.80 $122,300
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,630 1.39 $59.30 $123,350
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 75,270 1.36 $60.41 $125,660
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 5,040 1.27 $60.78 $126,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 5,100 0.55 $66.12 $137,530
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 80 0.01 $65.88 $137,040
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,080 0.02 $62.75 $130,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,890 0.12 $61.54 $128,000
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 490 0.17 $61.49 $127,900


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 30,950 1.82 0.85 $67.16 $139,690
Texas 21,250 1.75 0.82 $60.96 $126,800
Florida 20,790 2.41 1.13 $57.55 $119,710
New York 20,400 2.17 1.02 $58.19 $121,030
Pennsylvania 14,610 2.50 1.17 $55.86 $116,200




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)
Rhode Island 1,670 3.47 1.62 $58.12 $120,890
West Virginia 2,180 3.13 1.46 $55.35 $115,130
Montana 1,360 2.93 1.37 $53.99 $112,290
South Dakota 1,150 2.72 1.27 $55.97 $116,410
Arkansas 3,270 2.70 1.26 $56.88 $118,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 420 1.34 0.63 $67.25 $139,880
California 30,950 1.82 0.85 $67.16 $139,690
Vermont 640 2.08 0.97 $65.11 $135,420
Maine 1,250 2.07 0.97 $63.97 $133,050
Wisconsin 5,390 1.89 0.88 $63.66 $132,400





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 21,140 2.23 1.04 $58.30 $121,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 11,730 1.92 0.90 $66.24 $137,780
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,540 2.05 0.96 $59.48 $123,710
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,390 2.59 1.21 $58.06 $120,770
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,010 2.18 1.02 $55.84 $116,140
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,970 1.67 0.78 $57.35 $119,290
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,910 2.20 1.03 $56.98 $118,520
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,890 2.27 1.06 $58.38 $121,430
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,550 1.86 0.87 $60.03 $124,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 5,390 2.62 1.23 $60.03 $124,870