Salary for Pharmacists

Also known as:  Apothecary, Clinical Pharmacist, Druggist, Hospital Pharmacist, Registered Pharmacist

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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 usually receives an average salary between 80000 - 120000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Pharmacists can receive average salaries of One Hundred Nine Thousand Seven Hundred dollars per year.

Pharmacists can receive the highest pay in California, where they earn an average salary rate of approximating $117080. These professionals have the most lucrative average salary level in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, which has a compensation of $113110.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 30.02 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Pharmacists tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $113,110
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $110,780
Retail Trade $110,170
Management of Companies and Enterprises $110,100
Finance and Insurance $109,260
Health Care and Social Assistance $108,540
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $97,750
Information $97,960
Educational Services $100,740
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $101,600
Public Administration $102,960
Wholesale Trade $106,990
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