Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-1051 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.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
268,030 0.8 % $52.59 $109,380 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $39.47 $47.50 $53.64 $60.45 $66.64
Annual Wage (2) $82,090 $98,810 $111,570 $125,740 $138,620


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 117,850 11.96 $53.37 $111,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 58,680 1.14 $52.13 $108,430
Grocery Stores 22,520 0.91 $51.70 $107,530
Department Stores 17,620 1.16 $51.32 $106,740
Other General Merchandise Stores 14,010 0.92 $54.26 $112,860

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 117,850 11.96 $53.37 $111,000
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 3,040 1.58 $51.07 $106,230
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 2,950 1.21 $49.85 $103,690
Department Stores 17,620 1.16 $51.32 $106,740
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 58,680 1.14 $52.13 $108,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 80 0.02 $58.84 $122,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 370 0.04 $58.19 $121,040
Offices of Physicians 2,620 0.11 $54.54 $113,450
Other General Merchandise Stores 14,010 0.92 $54.26 $112,860
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 150 0.06 $53.99 $112,300


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 23,540 1.68 0.80 $57.12 $118,810
Texas 20,320 2.01 0.96 $53.57 $111,420
Florida 17,080 2.41 1.14 $52.38 $108,950
New York 16,660 2.00 0.95 $52.44 $109,080
Pennsylvania 11,460 2.09 0.99 $49.45 $102,850




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 1,890 3.13 1.49 $55.64 $115,730
West Virginia 2,010 2.92 1.39 $53.82 $111,950
South Carolina 4,630 2.65 1.26 $53.86 $112,020
Alabama 4,690 2.59 1.23 $56.70 $117,930
Indiana 7,000 2.57 1.22 $51.00 $106,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 1,210 2.09 0.99 $58.40 $121,470
California 23,540 1.68 0.80 $57.12 $118,810
Alaska 430 1.41 0.67 $56.76 $118,060
Alabama 4,690 2.59 1.23 $56.70 $117,930
Vermont 510 1.78 0.85 $56.68 $117,900

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,680 1.94 0.92 $50.86 $105,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,040 1.58 0.75 $54.87 $114,120
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,990 1.69 0.80 $48.42 $100,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,500 2.20 1.05 $51.16 $106,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,240 1.93 0.91 $50.25 $104,520
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,200 2.33 1.10 $49.86 $103,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,630 2.16 1.03 $53.55 $111,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,530 1.77 0.84 $53.62 $111,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,340 1.46 0.69 $53.20 $110,650
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,210 1.91 0.90 $54.39 $113,130




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 540 4.36 2.07 $51.11 $106,300
Richmond, VA 2,380 4.09 1.94 $55.53 $115,500
Medford, OR 280 3.85 1.83 $55.68 $115,810
Johnson City, TN 280 3.77 1.79 $48.82 $101,540
Gainesville, FL 440 3.74 1.77 $48.26 $100,380
Iowa City, IA 300 3.64 1.73 $46.33 $96,360
Rochester, MN 350 3.55 1.68 $56.43 $117,370
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 2,280 3.41 1.62 $64.45 $134,050
Morgantown, WV 190 3.34 1.58 $46.30 $96,310
Auburn-Opelika, AL 150 3.33 1.58 $47.22 $98,220