The 10 Best States For Pharmacists In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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Pharmacists are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as pharmacists in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since pharmacists are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where pharmacists have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for pharmacists.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s pharmacists:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Missouri
  3. Kentucky
  4. Tennessee
  5. Mississippi
  6. Alabama
  7. Nebraska
  8. Texas
  9. Kansas
  10. Michigan

So there you have it — Pharmacists is the best of the best when it comes to being a pharmacist.

How did Pharmacists end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for pharmacists and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined the best states to be a pharmacist

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states 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 2018:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for pharmacists in California is $139,690 and the average salary in Illinois is $125,360, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for pharmacists in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for pharmacists.

1. Arkansas

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,270
Average Annual Salary: $118,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $83,590
Average Experienced Salary: $157,750
Location Quotient: 1.26

2. Missouri

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,180
Average Annual Salary: $128,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $107,040
Average Experienced Salary: $160,590
Location Quotient: 1.03

3. Kentucky

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,010
Average Annual Salary: $122,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $89,430
Average Experienced Salary: $160,360
Location Quotient: 1.24

4. Tennessee

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,330
Average Annual Salary: $124,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $86,290
Average Experienced Salary: $161,410
Location Quotient: 1.16

5. Mississippi

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,280
Average Annual Salary: $124,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $98,110
Average Experienced Salary: $160,080
Location Quotient: 0.95

6. Alabama

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,880
Average Annual Salary: $122,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $85,610
Average Experienced Salary: $158,820
Location Quotient: 1.17

7. Nebraska

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,550
Average Annual Salary: $119,670
Average Entry Level Salary: $93,020
Average Experienced Salary: $154,410
Location Quotient: 1.22

8. Texas

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 21,250
Average Annual Salary: $126,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $93,400
Average Experienced Salary: $161,560
Location Quotient: 0.82

9. Kansas

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,990
Average Annual Salary: $121,790
Average Entry Level Salary: $84,680
Average Experienced Salary: $159,600
Location Quotient: 1.02

10. Michigan

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,140
Average Annual Salary: $117,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $87,780
Average Experienced Salary: $155,020
Location Quotient: 0.99

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Pharmacist

If you’re looking to start out your career as a pharmacist these are the states 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 states to be a pharmacist in America:

  1. New York
  2. Alaska
  3. Connecticut

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For pharmacists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Arkansas $118,320 $83,590 3,270
2 Missouri $128,420 $107,040 6,180
3 Kentucky $122,450 $89,430 5,010
4 Tennessee $124,310 $86,290 7,330
5 Mississippi $124,120 $98,110 2,280
6 Alabama $122,200 $85,610 4,880
7 Nebraska $119,670 $93,020 2,550
8 Texas $126,800 $93,400 21,250
9 Kansas $121,790 $84,680 2,990
10 Michigan $117,680 $87,780 9,140
11 Wisconsin $132,400 $106,420 5,390
12 Idaho $121,940 $103,920 1,410
13 Arizona $125,210 $95,270 7,420
14 Georgia $118,710 $83,810 10,530
15 Illinois $125,360 $93,790 12,260
16 North Carolina $123,370 $86,020 9,970
17 Minnesota $129,080 $102,170 6,490
18 Delaware $125,400 $108,240 1,060
19 Oklahoma $115,000 $86,380 3,470
20 Iowa $116,160 $93,710 3,150
21 West Virginia $115,130 $37,010 2,180
22 Wyoming $117,700 $65,420 590
23 South Carolina $122,900 $86,610 5,070
24 Louisiana $119,380 $82,110 4,520
25 New Mexico $125,450 $93,570 1,480
26 South Dakota $116,410 $96,230 1,150
27 Florida $119,710 $85,640 20,790
28 Indiana $117,260 $57,950 5,600
29 Ohio $116,720 $57,980 12,500
30 Montana $112,290 $81,500 1,360
31 Pennsylvania $116,200 $72,670 14,610
32 Maine $133,050 $106,950 1,250
33 Oregon $130,480 $105,020 4,360
34 Rhode Island $120,890 $94,850 1,670
35 Washington $127,360 $103,710 5,740
36 Nevada $124,430 $95,900 2,490
37 Utah $117,570 $51,210 2,540
38 Virginia $123,920 $77,860 6,970
39 Vermont $135,420 $107,190 640
40 North Dakota $103,250 $28,130 1,030
41 Colorado $120,980 $64,540 5,180
42 New Jersey $120,660 $86,530 9,280
43 Hawaii $121,780 $106,610 1,710
44 New Hampshire $127,350 $106,000 1,140
45 Maryland $121,210 $89,000 5,750
46 Massachusetts $116,890 $85,860 7,970
47 California $139,690 $104,910 30,950
48 Connecticut $123,950 $98,980 3,100
49 Alaska $139,880 $107,690 420
50 New York $121,030 $74,210 20,400
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