Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Pharmacists, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer pharmacists the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where pharmacists get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for pharmacists.The result is this list of the best cities pharmacists:
So there you have it — Beckley is the best city when it comes to being a pharmacist.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a pharmacist? That would be Albany.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for pharmacists and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for pharmacists in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well pharmacists get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 411 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 411 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for pharmacists in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for pharmacists.
Total Jobs: 160
Average Annual Salary: $140,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $110,750
Location Quotient: 1.68
Total Jobs: 170
Average Annual Salary: $129,720
Average Entry Level Salary: $105,470
Location Quotient: 1.49
Total Jobs: 270
Average Annual Salary: $120,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $103,380
Location Quotient: 2.31
Total Jobs: 250
Average Annual Salary: $127,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $104,150
Location Quotient: 1.44
Total Jobs: 140
Average Annual Salary: $122,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $105,580
Location Quotient: 1.71
Total Jobs: 490
Average Annual Salary: $129,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $108,980
Location Quotient: 1.17
Total Jobs: 250
Average Annual Salary: $117,840
Average Entry Level Salary: $104,480
Location Quotient: 1.67
Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $124,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $101,230
Location Quotient: 1.19
Total Jobs: 120
Average Annual Salary: $117,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $97,230
Location Quotient: 1.39
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $135,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $98,600
Location Quotient: 1.26
If you’re looking to start out your career as a pharmacist these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a pharmacist in America:
|7||Hilton Head Island, SC||$117,840|
|10||Cape Girardeau, MO||$135,920|
|18||New Bern, NC||$130,190|
|21||St. Joseph, MO||$125,780|
|25||La Crosse, WI||$129,150|
|26||Corpus Christi, TX||$128,420|
|29||Boise City, ID||$118,290|
|30||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$120,480|
|36||Bowling Green, KY||$120,080|
|37||Fort Wayne, IN||$121,410|
|46||Johnson City, TN||$113,720|
|54||Oklahoma City, OK||$121,730|
|57||Myrtle Beach, SC||$120,200|
|63||St. Louis, MO||$116,580|
|71||Sioux Falls, SD||$109,750|
|75||Fort Smith, AR||$115,870|
|76||Rocky Mount, NC||$135,780|
|77||Santa Cruz, CA||$171,090|
|78||Rapid City, SD||$116,250|
|81||St. George, UT||$123,870|
|82||Kansas City, MO||$117,520|
|83||Lake Havasu City, AZ||$136,330|
|84||Great Falls, MT||$112,310|
|86||Wichita Falls, TX||$124,810|
|87||Grants Pass, OR||$123,430|
|89||Fort Worth, TX||$122,530|
|91||El Paso, TX||$121,720|
|98||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$128,880|