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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
312,550 1.0 % $ 60.43 $ 125,690 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pharmacists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 36.94 $ 58.21 $ 61.81 $ 69.04 $ 79.13
Annual Wage (2) $ 76,840 $ 121,070 $ 128,570 $ 143,600 $ 164,590


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 126,060 12.50 $ 57.01 $ 118,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 81,500 1.46 $ 63.93 $ 132,970
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 24,220 0.82 $ 57.76 $ 120,150
General Merchandise Stores 19,540 0.63 $ 63.38 $ 131,830
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 7,680 2.05 $ 62.11 $ 129,180

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 126,060 12.50 $ 57.01 $ 118,570
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 7,680 2.05 $ 62.11 $ 129,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 81,500 1.46 $ 63.93 $ 132,970
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,850 1.43 $ 64.04 $ 133,190
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 5,950 1.29 $ 62.63 $ 130,260

Top paying industries for Pharmacists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 310 0.04 $ 76.68 $ 159,490
Outpatient Care Centers 7,300 0.74 $ 72.46 $ 150,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,050 0.12 $ 67.89 $ 141,200
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,180 0.02 $ 67.68 $ 140,780
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 50 0.01 $ 66.55 $ 138,420


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.



Map of employment of pharmacists by state, May 2021


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 33,130 2.00 0.90 $ 70.26 $ 146,140
Texas 22,550 1.84 0.83 $ 61.21 $ 127,320
Florida 19,620 2.28 1.03 $ 58.64 $ 121,970
New York 18,680 2.15 0.97 $ 61.66 $ 128,260
Pennsylvania 14,550 2.61 1.17 $ 58.28 $ 121,230


Map of location quotient of pharmacists by state, May 2021


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)
West Virginia 2,120 3.23 1.46 $ 56.45 $ 117,420
South Dakota 1,170 2.78 1.25 $ 60.20 $ 125,220
North Dakota 1,100 2.78 1.25 $ 55.52 $ 115,480
Alabama 5,350 2.77 1.25 $ 61.04 $ 126,950
Kentucky 5,060 2.75 1.24 $ 59.00 $ 122,730


Map of annual mean wages of pharmacists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Pharmacists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 33,130 2.00 0.90 $ 70.26 $ 146,140
Alaska 480 1.62 0.73 $ 70.15 $ 145,910
Oregon 4,040 2.21 1.00 $ 65.64 $ 136,520
Washington 7,300 2.28 1.03 $ 64.56 $ 134,290
Vermont 420 1.49 0.67 $ 62.72 $ 130,460



Map of employment of pharmacists by area, May 2021


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 19,730 2.27 1.02 $ 61.84 $ 128,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,790 2.24 1.01 $ 65.84 $ 136,950
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,760 2.31 1.04 $ 58.15 $ 120,950
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,140 2.69 1.21 $ 61.62 $ 128,160
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,310 1.76 0.79 $ 63.10 $ 131,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,820 2.01 0.91 $ 60.82 $ 126,510
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,620 2.17 0.98 $ 58.32 $ 121,300
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,560 2.27 1.02 $ 57.99 $ 120,620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,040 1.95 0.88 $ 57.71 $ 120,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,980 2.35 1.06 $ 58.14 $ 120,930


Map of location quotient of pharmacists by area, May 2021


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)
Rochester, MN 730 6.32 2.85 $ 65.47 $ 136,170
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 200 5.08 2.29 $ 54.72 $ 113,820
Iowa City, IA 410 4.63 2.09 $ 56.83 $ 118,200
Beckley, WV 170 4.25 1.91 $ 55.53 $ 115,500
Morgantown, WV 260 4.23 1.91 $ 54.05 $ 112,410
Sioux Falls, SD 600 3.89 1.75 $ 61.38 $ 127,670
Fargo, ND-MN 520 3.82 1.72 $ 55.15 $ 114,710
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,180 3.76 1.70 $ 61.83 $ 128,600
Johnson City, TN 280 3.56 1.60 $ 52.93 $ 110,100
Hot Springs, AR 130 3.50 1.58 $ 58.99 $ 122,690