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The median annual salary for a pharmacist was $116,670, or $56.09 per hour, in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent made $145,910 in 2012, while the lowest-paid made $89,280. The best-compensated pharmacists are employed in the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industry. Some of the highest-paid in the profession work in California near the metropolitan areas of El Centro and Chico.

Job Salary Year
2004 $82,580.00
2006 $92,370.00
2008 $103,150.00
2010 $109,380.00
2012 $114,950.00

Average Pharmacist Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

Pharmacists have one of the highest average salaries of any of our Best Health Care Jobs, earning $114,950 in 2012. They make about $34,000 more than the average physical therapist, and approximately $47,000 more than a registered nurse. While they work closely with pharmacy technicians, pharmacists rake in about $84,500 more. Of all the top health care jobs, only dentists and physicians earn more, taking home $163,240 and $191,520, respectively.

Job Name Salary
Physician $187,199.00
Dentist $145,240.00
Pharmacist $116,670.00
Physical Therapist $79,860.00
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Pharmacy Technician $29,320.00

Best Paying Cities for Pharmacists

The highest paid in the pharmacist profession work in the metropolitan areas of El Centro, Calif., Gadsden, Ala., and Chico, Calif. The Bowling Green, Ky. area also pays well, as does the city of Goldsboro, N.C.

El Centro, Calif.

Average Salary: $160,880 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a pharmacist working in El Centro, Calif. is $160,880, which is $44,210 more than the average pay in the profession.

Gadsden, Ala.

Average Salary: $158,020 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a pharmacist working in Gadsden, Ala. is $158,020, which is $41,350 more than the average pay in the profession.

Chico, Calif.

Average Salary: $142,600 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a pharmacist working in Chico, Calif. is $142,600, which is $25,930 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bowling Green, Ky.

Average Salary: $139,120 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a pharmacist working in Bowling Green, Ky. is $139,120, which is $22,450 more than the average pay in the profession.

Goldsboro, N.C.

Average Salary: $138,760 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a pharmacist working in Goldsboro, N.C. is $138,760, which is $22,090 more than the average pay in the profession.

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