The 10 States With The Highest Pharmacist Salaries For 2019

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. Missouri
  3. Texas
  4. Tennessee
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Arkansas
  7. Kansas
  8. Kentucky
  9. Alabama
  10. Illinois

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 2018 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 $139690, so our index value would be:

$139,690 * (100 / 135.9) = $102,788

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 $144,493 $124,120 85.9
2 Missouri $142,057 $128,420 90.4
3 Texas $139,801 $126,800 90.7
4 Tennessee $139,049 $124,310 89.4
5 Wisconsin $136,776 $132,400 96.8
6 Arkansas $135,843 $118,320 87.1
7 Kansas $135,472 $121,790 89.9
8 Kentucky $135,303 $122,450 90.5
9 Alabama $133,991 $122,200 91.2
10 Illinois $132,515 $125,360 94.6
11 Idaho $132,399 $121,940 92.1
12 Michigan $132,224 $117,680 89.0
13 North Carolina $131,384 $123,370 93.9
14 Indiana $131,016 $117,260 89.5
15 Nebraska $130,644 $119,670 91.6
16 New Mexico $129,999 $125,450 96.5
17 Georgia $129,879 $118,710 91.4
18 Oklahoma $128,923 $115,000 89.2
19 Wyoming $128,213 $117,700 91.8
20 Minnesota $128,055 $129,080 100.8
21 Arizona $127,765 $125,210 98.0
22 Iowa $127,648 $116,160 91.0
23 Utah $126,419 $117,570 93.0
24 Louisiana $125,928 $119,380 94.8
25 Ohio $124,434 $116,720 93.8
26 South Carolina $123,891 $122,900 99.2
27 Delaware $123,668 $125,400 101.4
28 West Virginia $123,265 $115,130 93.4
29 Virginia $122,936 $123,920 100.8
30 Florida $121,780 $119,710 98.3
31 Washington $121,064 $127,360 105.2
32 Nevada $120,454 $124,430 103.3
33 Maine $120,081 $133,050 110.8
34 Colorado $116,551 $120,980 103.8
35 Pennsylvania $114,595 $116,200 101.4
36 Oregon $112,871 $130,480 115.6
37 South Dakota $112,256 $116,410 103.7
38 Vermont $111,824 $135,420 121.1
39 Montana $111,398 $112,290 100.8
40 New Hampshire $108,846 $127,350 117.0
41 Alaska $106,697 $139,880 131.1
42 North Dakota $103,873 $103,250 99.4
43 California $102,788 $139,690 135.9
44 Rhode Island $100,157 $120,890 120.7
45 New Jersey $98,982 $120,660 121.9
46 Connecticut $97,063 $123,950 127.7
47 Maryland $96,581 $121,210 125.5
48 New York $92,389 $121,030 131.0
49 Massachusetts $87,623 $116,890 133.4
50 Hawaii $72,531 $121,780 167.9
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