Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
305,510 0.8 % $57.82 $120,270 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $41.88 $52.60 $58.77 $66.79 $75.94
Annual Wage (2) $87,120 $109,400 $122,230 $138,920 $157,950


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 134,610 12.79 $57.72 $120,050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 71,390 1.32 $58.28 $121,210
Grocery Stores 22,670 0.84 $57.15 $118,860
Other General Merchandise Stores 16,940 0.89 $59.91 $124,600
Department Stores 10,330 0.75 $57.10 $118,760

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 134,610 12.79 $57.72 $120,050
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 7,210 3.62 $58.16 $120,980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 71,390 1.32 $58.28 $121,210
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,300 1.29 $57.74 $120,090
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 3,870 1.06 $56.37 $117,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 4,700 0.19 $63.20 $131,460
Outpatient Care Centers 4,110 0.49 $62.88 $130,790
Scientific Research and Development Services 220 0.03 $62.30 $129,580
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 40 (7) $60.31 $125,450
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 420 0.15 $60.20 $125,220


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 28,670 1.80 0.83 $65.43 $136,100
Texas 21,560 1.84 0.84 $59.47 $123,700
Florida 21,490 2.61 1.20 $56.88 $118,300
New York 20,440 2.25 1.03 $56.99 $118,530
Pennsylvania 13,460 2.34 1.08 $54.63 $113,630




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 2,290 3.29 1.51 $56.93 $118,410
Rhode Island 1,440 3.02 1.39 $53.62 $111,530
South Dakota 1,240 2.98 1.37 $53.89 $112,090
Arkansas 3,520 2.95 1.36 $56.23 $116,960
Alabama 5,430 2.84 1.30 $57.85 $120,340




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 1.45 0.67 $66.18 $137,650
California 28,670 1.80 0.83 $65.43 $136,100
New Hampshire 1,110 1.72 0.79 $61.92 $128,790
Vermont 490 1.61 0.74 $61.72 $128,380
Wisconsin 5,560 1.98 0.91 $59.64 $124,060





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 15,000 2.28 1.05 $55.97 $116,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,500 1.78 0.82 $64.20 $133,530
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,210 1.98 0.91 $55.09 $114,590
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,080 2.07 0.95 $57.26 $119,100
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,210 2.04 0.94 $55.00 $114,400
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,230 2.35 1.08 $54.36 $113,070
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,060 1.67 0.77 $57.68 $119,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,000 2.06 0.95 $57.86 $120,360
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,890 2.04 0.94 $59.18 $123,090
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 3,760 2.80 1.29 $58.41 $121,490