Pharmacist Salary

Smiling Pharmacist with drugs in the background.  Pharmacists dispense drugs for patients and provide expert knowledge to doctors, patients, and other healthcare professionals about drugs.

Smiling Pharmacist with drugs in the background.  Pharmacists dispense drugs for patients and provide expert knowledge to doctors, patients, and other healthcare professionals about drug interactions, dose, and effects.

A Pharmacist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Pharmacists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. The average wage varies depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Pharmacists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

 Median Hourly & Annual Data

Hourly Wage

Hourly Wage


$49.69 $56.09 $64.28 $70.15

Annual Wage

$89,280 $103,350 $116,670 $133,700 $145,910








The average Pharmacist salary is $56.09 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $42.93 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $70 per hour.


On an annual basis the average salary is $116,670. The lowest 10% earn  less than $90,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $145,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Lowest and Highest Pharmacist Salary

The lowest paid Pharmacists earn less than $90,000 annually while the highest paid Pharmacists earn more than $165,000 per year.

Top 5 US States

The best paying  states are Alaska, Maine, California, Vermont, and Delaware with Alaska posting more than $129,000 per year and Delaware is almost $122,000 per year.

Top 5 US Metropolitan Areas

The best paying city or metropolitan areas are El Centro CA, Gadsden AL, Chico CA,  Bowling Green KY, and Goldsboro NC.  El Centro CA lists over $160,000 per year with Goldsboro NC being the lowest of the five at $139,000.

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Canada Pharmacist Salary

In Canada the average pharmacist salary is over $75,000 CAD per year. This is approximately $67,500 USD. There are approximately 25,000 pharmacists working in Canada. 

United Kingdom (UK) Pharmacist Salary

The United Kingdom posts the median salary for a pharmacist is ₤35, 237 per year.  This roughly about $60,000 USD. The NHS estimates that there are over 10,000 pharmacies in the UK.  

Australia (AUS) Pharmacist Salary

The average pharmacist salary in Australia is $66,560 AU or approximately $60,000 USD.  Current estimates are that there are more pharmacists than positions in Australia.

Other Industries that Employ Pharmacists

Federal or state facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and compounding companies are other areas where pharmacists work.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are 281,560 pharmacists who earn a salary through being employed.

Where They Work

Of all the Pharmacists employed in the United States over  180,000 work in a retail pharmacy setting such as grocery, drug, or department stores.

Private Practice Vs Employment

Pharmacists in private practice generally do so by opening a privately owned pharmacy. They earn a median salary of approximately $140,000 per year. The highest reported salary was over $200,000 per year and the lowest was $60,000.  The privately owned pharmacy has become increasingly rare.


Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.