Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
309,330 0.9 % $58.52 $121,710 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $42.03 $53.04 $59.70 $68.61 $76.64
Annual Wage (2) $87,420 $110,310 $124,170 $142,710 $159,410


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 136,620 12.74 $58.37 $121,410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 74,060 1.35 $59.15 $123,040
General Merchandise Stores 24,180 0.75 $59.21 $123,160
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 23,820 0.81 $58.33 $121,320
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 6,730 2.05 $57.70 $120,010

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 136,620 12.74 $58.37 $121,410
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 6,730 2.05 $57.70 $120,010
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 74,060 1.35 $59.15 $123,040
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,380 1.30 $58.84 $122,380
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 4,620 1.18 $58.18 $121,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 70 0.01 $62.45 $129,890
Outpatient Care Centers 4,360 0.50 $62.44 $129,880
Offices of Physicians 4,880 0.19 $62.42 $129,840
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 90 0.02 $61.94 $128,840
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 420 0.15 $61.88 $128,720


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 29,860 1.79 0.82 $65.73 $136,730
Texas 22,130 1.86 0.86 $60.80 $126,460
New York 21,890 2.38 1.10 $57.90 $120,440
Florida 20,510 2.44 1.12 $57.11 $118,780
Pennsylvania 13,630 2.36 1.09 $54.73 $113,830




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 2,270 3.30 1.52 $56.80 $118,150
Rhode Island 1,490 3.13 1.44 $55.44 $115,320
South Dakota 1,250 2.97 1.37 $55.47 $115,370
Arkansas 3,550 2.96 1.36 $56.57 $117,670
Alabama 5,430 2.82 1.30 $58.67 $122,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 450 1.43 0.66 $66.36 $138,020
California 29,860 1.79 0.82 $65.73 $136,730
Vermont 640 2.10 0.97 $64.47 $134,090
Wisconsin 5,390 1.91 0.88 $62.82 $130,670
New Hampshire 1,080 1.67 0.77 $61.49 $127,900



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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 16,670 2.49 1.15 $56.53 $117,580
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,160 1.95 0.90 $56.43 $117,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,150 1.61 0.74 $64.24 $133,630
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,870 2.00 0.92 $58.24 $121,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,540 2.11 0.97 $56.09 $116,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,770 2.41 1.11 $60.49 $125,830
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,240 2.31 1.06 $55.50 $115,430
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,180 1.68 0.77 $59.28 $123,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,980 2.06 0.95 $59.75 $124,280
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,910 2.42 1.11 $65.89 $137,060


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 220 5.07 2.34 $50.50 $105,040
Morgantown, WV 300 4.70 2.17 $48.48 $100,850
Sioux Falls, SD 660 4.36 2.01 $54.77 $113,910
Johnson City, TN 340 4.35 2.00 $54.40 $113,150
Beckley, WV 180 4.32 1.99 $60.74 $126,340
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 1,500 4.31 1.98 $52.96 $110,160
Hot Springs, AR 140 4.08 1.88 $59.54 $123,850
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 470 4.00 1.84 $55.70 $115,850
Danville, IL 100 3.99 1.84 $56.13 $116,760
Lawrence, KS 190 3.88 1.79 $38.74 $80,580