Salary for Pharmacists

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Also known as:  Apothecary, Clinical Pharmacist, Druggist, Hospital Pharmacist, Registered Pharmacist helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Phamacists require extensive education and training because of the critical service that they perform; however they are very well compensated. Besides having a required background in biology, chemistry, and math, a formal Pharm.D. professional degree is a requirement to work as a professional pharmacist. Pharmacists are licensed by NAPLEX, the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam board, and may also be required to complete additional pharmacy law training to comply with state ordinances. An aging demographic, as well as exceedingly complex and ever-changing pharmaceutical technology, continues to propel job demand and salary potential.

A Pharmacist gets an average compensation that can range from $85,210 - $164,980 depending on experience and education levels. will usually earn a wage of one hundred and twenty-five thousand four hundred and sixty dollars annually.

can get the best pay in Alaska, where they get an average salary rate of near $147,040. They have the best average pay in Other Services (except Public Administration), where they earn an average pay rate of $133,720.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.70 percent nationwide in that time.


Pharmacists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Transportation and Warehousing
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Retail Trade
Finance and Insurance