These Are The 10 Best States For Pharmacists

Chris Kolmar
by 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. Mississippi
  2. Tennessee
  3. Arkansas
  4. Kentucky
  5. Missouri
  6. Alabama
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Texas
  9. North Carolina
  10. Indiana

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:

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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 2016:

  • 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 $136,100 and the average salary in Illinois is $117,140, 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. Mississippi

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,740
Average Annual Salary: $121,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $93,650
Average Experienced Salary: $157,140
Location Quotient: 1.13

2. Tennessee

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,980
Average Annual Salary: $119,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $93,100
Average Experienced Salary: $155,470
Location Quotient: 1.27

3. Arkansas

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,520
Average Annual Salary: $116,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,120
Average Experienced Salary: $154,300
Location Quotient: 1.36

4. Kentucky

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,450
Average Annual Salary: $121,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $95,110
Average Experienced Salary: $158,060
Location Quotient: 1.09

5. Missouri

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,570
Average Annual Salary: $120,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $102,920
Average Experienced Salary: $155,720
Location Quotient: 1.09

6. Alabama

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,430
Average Annual Salary: $120,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $85,170
Average Experienced Salary: $157,780
Location Quotient: 1.3

7. Oklahoma

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,760
Average Annual Salary: $120,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $90,220
Average Experienced Salary: $150,400
Location Quotient: 1.09

8. Texas

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 21,560
Average Annual Salary: $123,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $97,290
Average Experienced Salary: $159,280
Location Quotient: 0.84

9. North Carolina

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,550
Average Annual Salary: $121,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $96,700
Average Experienced Salary: $157,540
Location Quotient: 1.04

10. Indiana

Best States For Pharmacists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,360
Average Annual Salary: $116,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $96,530
Average Experienced Salary: $150,560
Location Quotient: 0.98

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. Connecticut
  2. California
  3. New York

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For pharmacists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Mississippi $121,450 $93,650 2,740
2 Tennessee $119,970 $93,100 7,980
3 Arkansas $116,960 $82,120 3,520
4 Kentucky $121,690 $95,110 4,450
5 Missouri $120,930 $102,920 6,570
6 Alabama $120,340 $85,170 5,430
7 Oklahoma $120,890 $90,220 3,760
8 Texas $123,700 $97,290 21,560
9 North Carolina $121,490 $96,700 9,550
10 Indiana $116,730 $96,530 6,360
11 Georgia $116,170 $81,280 9,630
12 West Virginia $118,410 $57,000 2,290
13 Michigan $114,830 $91,950 9,050
14 Florida $118,300 $91,670 21,490
15 South Carolina $122,690 $87,900 4,800
16 Wisconsin $124,060 $91,780 5,560
17 Idaho $116,030 $87,580 1,440
18 New Mexico $120,340 $89,800 1,800
19 Delaware $117,560 $96,390 1,110
20 Kansas $118,510 $64,550 3,010
21 Nebraska $108,670 $83,650 2,360
22 Ohio $115,310 $68,490 12,590
23 Arizona $119,450 $84,130 5,760
24 Louisiana $112,710 $72,260 4,550
25 Iowa $110,240 $79,630 3,480
26 Illinois $117,140 $75,380 12,010
27 Wyoming $115,550 $72,200 540
28 Washington $123,620 $103,580 5,900
29 Nevada $123,430 $97,610 2,340
30 Minnesota $122,900 $83,150 6,050
31 South Dakota $112,090 $85,720 1,240
32 Maine $123,250 $89,280 1,420
33 Pennsylvania $113,630 $82,860 13,460
34 Montana $111,660 $86,110 1,080
35 Oregon $122,970 $103,710 3,990
36 Utah $112,760 $46,550 2,560
37 Colorado $117,760 $78,080 5,510
38 Virginia $119,050 $76,790 7,000
39 Maryland $120,400 $93,440 6,490
40 North Dakota $113,250 $86,910 760
41 New Hampshire $128,790 $106,300 1,110
42 Rhode Island $111,530 $70,710 1,440
43 Vermont $128,380 $101,230 490
44 Hawaii $114,880 $93,440 1,560
45 New Jersey $117,440 $89,060 8,700
46 Alaska $137,650 $108,460 470
47 Massachusetts $114,600 $86,500 7,920
48 New York $118,530 $84,380 20,440
49 California $136,100 $103,390 28,670
50 Connecticut $120,780 $86,460 2,730
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