Updated August 18, 2021
Average Pharmacist Salary
$119,000 yearly
$57.54 hourly

Entry level Salary
$106,000 yearly
10 %
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$134,000$11,167$64
75th Percentile$127,000$10,583$61
25th Percentile$112,000$9,333$54
10th Percentile$106,000$8,833$51

Average Pharmacist Salary By State

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Pharmacist average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
District of Columbia$135,567$65.18104
New Hampshire$147,260$70.80309
New Jersey$134,619$64.721,010
New Mexico$139,889$67.25229
New York$134,756$64.792,656
North Carolina$132,047$63.481,347
North Dakota$110,707$53.2274
Rhode Island$145,158$69.79183
South Carolina$124,899$60.05831
South Dakota$102,503$49.28101
West Virginia$121,018$58.18298

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Highest Paying Cities For Pharmacist

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
Santa Maria, CA$161,154$77.48
Tacoma, WA$152,856$73.49
Yuma, AZ$144,918$69.67
Newark, DE$143,237$68.86
Baltimore, MD$137,988$66.34
Bridgeport, CT$137,764$66.23

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How much does a Pharmacist make?

The average Pharmacist salary is $119,686 per year, or $57.54 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $106,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $134,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Nevada provide the highest Pharmacist salaries.

Average Pharmacist Salary Over Time

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    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Outpatient Pharmacist Manager

    Avg. salary: $110,412

    Outpatient pharmacy managers supervise the day-to-day business operations of a pharmacy. The pharmacy managers lead pharmacy staff members through work task assignment, evaluation, training, supervising, and work shift schedule. They fill prescriptions and check those filled by pharmacy technicians. It is their job to advise their clients. They make sure that the storage of controlled substances and prescription drugs is safe. A good outpatient pharmacy manager should be goal-driven and work hard to exceed what is expected from them.
    72,821 Outpatient Pharmacist Manager Jobs
    Pharmacy Internship

    Avg. salary: $117,052

    When it comes to a pharmacy internship, one of the primary responsibilities is to observe pharmacy operations and develop efficient communication skills as most of the tasks will revolve around customer service, such as providing instructions on when to take medications and what could be the side effects. Moreover, working as a pharmacist requires excellent attention to detail, ensuring that all customers receive the correct type and amount according to their prescriptions. Among the duties can also revolve around administrative tasks such as verifying prescriptions, keeping and maintaining accurate records, and responding to inquiries.
    139,155 Pharmacy Internship Jobs
    Clinical Staff Pharmacist

    Avg. salary: $118,035

    A Clinical Staff Pharmacist is responsible for supervising pharmacy dispensing processes and the consultation of patients. They analyze prescribing trends to ensure patient compliance and to prevent excessive usage or harmful interactions.
    200,447 Clinical Staff Pharmacist Jobs
    Director Of Pharmacist

    Avg. salary: $104,709

    A director of pharmacist oversees the daily operations of a pharmacy or similar establishment, ensuring everything runs smoothly and efficiently according to industry standards and policies. As a director, they have the authority to direct procedures, establish protocols and guidelines, set budgets and timelines, supervise staffing operations, and develop strategies to enhance pharmacy services. They also coordinate managers, delegate responsibilities, review progress reports, solving issues and concerns when any arise. Moreover, they lead and empower staff in a joint effort to reach goals.
    92,660 Director Of Pharmacist Jobs
    Pharmacist Consultant

    Avg. salary: $118,535

    A pharmacist consultant specializes in providing advice to patients regarding their medication, discussing benefits, and recommending other services as necessary. They usually work at pharmacies, where they are also in charge of tasks, such as conducting research and assessments, maintaining records, utilizing tools and software to develop organized reports and information databases, and generating sales forecasts for different medications. Additionally, they also coordinate and work together with physicians and other medical experts in developing treatment plans in adherence to standards and regulations.
    86,140 Pharmacist Consultant Jobs
    Pharmacist Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $120,077

    A Pharmacist Supervisor is responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating various pharmacy tasks. They hire and interview pharmacists and their aides, dispense and compound pharmaceutical medicines and prescriptions, and ensure that pharmacy services are in accordance with departmental standards and government laws and regulations.
    69,406 Pharmacist Supervisor Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Outpatient Pharmacist Manager$110,412$9,201$53.0872,821
    Pharmacy Internship$117,052$9,754$56.28139,155
    Clinical Staff Pharmacist$118,035$9,836$56.75200,447
    Director Of Pharmacist$104,709$8,726$50.3492,660
    Pharmacist Consultant$118,535$9,878$56.9986,140
    Pharmacist Supervisor$120,078$10,006$57.7369,406
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    Pharmacist Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a Pharmacist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
    Entry Level$95,000$45.65
    Mid Level$125,000$60.19
    Senior Level$122,000$58.66

    Which Companies Pay Pharmacists The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Walmart and Sears Holdings as they offer the highest salaries for Pharmacists.

    How would you rate the starting salaries for Pharmacists, as well as the prospects for salary advancement?


    Michael J. Avaltroni Ph.D.

    Dean, Fairleigh Dickinson University

    Starting salaries for pharmacists are typically among the highest of any profession, with averages exceeding $125k per year, and the unemployment rate for pharmacists has been perennially very low. The salary structure provides a great opportunity for new graduates, and there is room for growth and advancement in every area of pharmacy, from community retail to hospital to industry. Upward mobility exists in many areas of practice, and the prospect for expanded leadership roles in pharmacy and healthcare practice should serve the profession well in promoting additional growth opportunities.Show more

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    Recently Added Pharmacist Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Centura HealthPharmacistColorado Springs, CO12/31/2021$119,209
    University of CaliforniaPer Diem Pharmacist-Inpatient Pharmacy-Variable ShiftIrvine, CA12/30/2021$171,718
    Brightspring Health ServicesPharmacistColorado Springs, CO12/28/2021$114,785
    University of WashingtonPharmacist 2-IV Room Rotating/Variable Shifts)Seattle, WA12/28/2021$107,004
    Brightspring Health ServicesPharmacist-PRNWallingford, CT12/28/2021$114,785
    Job JuncturePharmacist (100K +)Columbus, OH12/27/2021$98,444
    WalgreensPharmacist EligiblePerrysburg, OH12/24/2021$78,208
    WalgreensPharmacist AvailableNew York, NY12/24/2021$78,208
    Randstad UsPharmacistSanta Barbara, CA12/23/2021$104,350
    A-Line Staffing SolutionsPharmacist IINorth Chicago, IL12/23/2021$87,654

    Average Pharmacist Salary by Demographic

    Pharmacist Gender Pay Gap

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    Median Pharmacist Income by Race
    Hispanic or Latino Pharmacists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino Pharmacists have the lowest average salary at $120,435.
    Black or African American
    Hispanic or Latino
    Black or African American$121,066
    Hispanic or Latino$122,177
    Average Pharmacist Salary by Education Level
    Pharmacists with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $120,562 annually. With a Doctorate degree, Pharmacists earn a median annual income of $120,517 compared to $119,917 for Pharmacists with an Bachelors degree.
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree$119,917
    Master's Degree$120,562
    Doctorate Degree$120,517

    Pharmacist Salaries FAQs

    What is the average starting salary for a pharmacist?

    An appropriate starting salary for a pharmacist would be around $90,000 per year. For a starting salary, this is relatively high. Keep in mind, though, that the education necessary to secure a career as a pharmacist is often very rigorous.

    Pharmacists must be incredibly knowledgeable medical professionals. To ensure that this is the case, pharmacists are required to obtain doctoral degrees in pharmacy, to become licensed, and, if they want to work in a specialized field of pharmacy, to pursue further certifications.

    As a result of the challenging and time-consuming process necessary for an individual to become a pharmacist, a high starting salary for such positions makes sense.

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