How Much Do Pharmacists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$125460 per year
Hourly wage
$60 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$85,210 to $112,690 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$41 to $54 per hour

Entry-level Pharmacists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $85,210 to $112,690 per year or $41 to $54 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Pharmacists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $79 $164,980
Senior (Top 25%) $71 $147,690
Middle (Mid 50%) $62 $128,710
Junior (Bottom 25%) $54 $112,690
No experience (Bottom 10%) $41 $85,210

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $71 $147,040
CA $70 $146,070
OR $66 $136,700
ME $64 $134,100
VT $63 $131,910
DE $63 $131,550
MN $63 $130,690
WA $62 $129,970
WV $62 $129,440
HI $62 $128,780

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Pharmacist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Pharmacists are in the states of AK, CA, OR, ME and VT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Outpatient Care Centers $147130 $70.74
Grantmaking and Giving Services $142010 $68.27
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $134740 $64.78
Local Government $133250 $64.06
Warehousing and Storage $133250 $64.06
Management of Companies and Enterprises $132580 $63.74
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $131650 $63.29
Scientific Research and Development Services $130670 $62.82
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $129670 $62.34
Offices of Physicians $129340 $62.18
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $128990 $62.01
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $128320 $61.69
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $128310 $61.69
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $127250 $61.18
Office Administrative Services $127120 $61.11
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $126410 $60.77
Specialty Hospitals $126330 $60.74
Individual and Family Services $126040 $60.60
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $125470 $60.32
Insurance Carriers $125260 $60.22
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $124980 $60.09
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $124600 $59.90
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $124470 $59.84
Food and Beverage Stores $124120 $59.67
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $124020 $59.63
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $123670 $59.45
Health and Personal Care Stores $122860 $59.07
Home Health Care Services $122320 $58.81
Other Residential Care Facilities $121720 $58.52
Direct Selling Establishments $121670 $58.50

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