These Are The 10 Highest Pharmacist Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do pharmacists get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for pharmacists by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for pharmacists by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for pharmacists after this adjustment? That would be Pharmacists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

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

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for pharmacists from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $136100, so our index value would be:

$136,100 * (100 / 135.9) = $100,147

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for pharmacists.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Pharmacist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Mississippi $141,385 $121,450 85.9
2 Texas $136,383 $123,700 90.7
3 Oklahoma $135,526 $120,890 89.2
4 Kentucky $134,464 $121,690 90.5
5 Arkansas $134,282 $116,960 87.1
6 Tennessee $134,194 $119,970 89.4
7 Missouri $133,772 $120,930 90.4
8 Alabama $131,951 $120,340 91.2
9 Kansas $131,824 $118,510 89.9
10 Indiana $130,424 $116,730 89.5
11 North Carolina $129,382 $121,490 93.9
12 Michigan $129,022 $114,830 89.0
13 Wisconsin $128,161 $124,060 96.8
14 Georgia $127,100 $116,170 91.4
15 West Virginia $126,777 $118,410 93.4
16 Idaho $125,982 $116,030 92.1
17 Wyoming $125,871 $115,550 91.8
18 New Mexico $124,704 $120,340 96.5
19 Illinois $123,826 $117,140 94.6
20 South Carolina $123,679 $122,690 99.2
21 Ohio $122,931 $115,310 93.8
22 Minnesota $121,924 $122,900 100.8
23 Arizona $121,887 $119,450 98.0
24 Utah $121,247 $112,760 93.0
25 Iowa $121,142 $110,240 91.0
26 Florida $120,345 $118,300 98.3
27 Nevada $119,486 $123,430 103.3
28 Louisiana $118,892 $112,710 94.8
29 Nebraska $118,635 $108,670 91.6
30 Virginia $118,105 $119,050 100.8
31 Washington $117,509 $123,620 105.2
32 Delaware $115,936 $117,560 101.4
33 North Dakota $113,933 $113,250 99.4
34 Colorado $113,448 $117,760 103.8
35 Pennsylvania $112,061 $113,630 101.4
36 Maine $111,236 $123,250 110.8
37 Montana $110,773 $111,660 100.8
38 New Hampshire $110,076 $128,790 117.0
39 South Dakota $108,090 $112,090 103.7
40 Oregon $106,375 $122,970 115.6
41 Vermont $106,011 $128,380 121.1
42 Alaska $104,996 $137,650 131.1
43 California $100,147 $136,100 135.9
44 New Jersey $96,341 $117,440 121.9
45 Maryland $95,936 $120,400 125.5
46 Connecticut $94,581 $120,780 127.7
47 Rhode Island $92,402 $111,530 120.7
48 New York $90,480 $118,530 131.0
49 Massachusetts $85,907 $114,600 133.4
50 Hawaii $68,421 $114,880 167.9
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