Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
281,560 0.7 % $55.27 $114,950 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $42.93 $49.69 $56.09 $64.28 $70.15
Annual Wage (2) $89,280 $103,350 $116,670 $133,700 $145,910


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 123,020 12.28 $56.24 $116,980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 61,460 1.17 $54.41 $113,180
Grocery Stores 22,590 0.90 $53.38 $111,040
Department Stores 16,130 1.04 $54.47 $113,290
Other General Merchandise Stores 15,740 0.97 $59.04 $122,810

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 123,020 12.28 $56.24 $116,980
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 4,590 2.44 $54.08 $112,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 61,460 1.17 $54.41 $113,180
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,630 1.14 $53.93 $112,170
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 3,110 1.13 $52.71 $109,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 240 0.09 $59.46 $123,680
Office Administrative Services 140 0.03 $59.41 $123,580
Other General Merchandise Stores 15,740 0.97 $59.04 $122,810
Offices of Physicians 3,490 0.15 $57.84 $120,310
Outpatient Care Centers 3,310 0.52 $57.33 $119,250


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 24,790 1.73 0.80 $60.48 $125,800
Texas 20,390 1.93 0.89 $55.66 $115,780
New York 18,970 2.22 1.03 $55.98 $116,430
Florida 18,040 2.48 1.15 $54.61 $113,590
Pennsylvania 12,410 2.22 1.03 $51.16 $106,400




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)
West Virginia 2,030 2.86 1.32 $56.41 $117,320
South Carolina 5,020 2.79 1.29 $55.24 $114,900
Alabama 5,050 2.77 1.28 $57.75 $120,130
Tennessee 7,320 2.76 1.28 $56.72 $117,970
South Dakota 1,020 2.55 1.18 $51.78 $107,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 440 1.39 0.64 $62.10 $129,170
Maine 1,330 2.28 1.06 $61.55 $128,030
California 24,790 1.73 0.80 $60.48 $125,800
Vermont 610 2.07 0.96 $60.35 $125,520
Delaware 630 1.55 0.72 $58.57 $121,830





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 11,290 2.19 1.01 $55.08 $114,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,250 1.61 0.75 $58.61 $121,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,230 1.71 0.79 $51.83 $107,810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,740 1.80 0.83 $53.18 $110,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,520 2.48 1.15 $52.29 $108,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,410 1.95 0.90 $54.39 $113,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,860 1.84 0.85 $55.06 $114,510
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,570 2.06 0.95 $58.99 $122,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,500 1.49 0.69 $55.05 $114,490
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,270 2.90 1.34 $54.30 $112,930