Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
222,960 1.1 % $40.56 $84,370 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.42 $36.40 $40.82 $45.60 $52.81
Annual Wage (2) $61,200 $75,720 $84,900 $94,850 $109,850

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Health and personal care stores 99,030 $41.75 $86,850
General medical and surgical hospitals 50,400 $39.84 $82,860
Grocery stores 17,970 $40.38 $83,980
Department stores 12,470 $39.76 $82,700
Other general merchandise stores 9,910 $37.58 $78,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Data processing and related services (7) $45.16 $93,930
Other ambulatory health care services 50 $45.10 $93,800
Management and technical consulting services 400 $43.81 $91,120
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 520 $43.01 $89,460
Warehousing and storage 400 $42.64 $88,700

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
West Virginia 1,730 $39.00 $81,110 0.253%
Louisiana 4,590 $36.96 $76,890 0.247%
Alabama 4,420 $38.58 $80,250 0.241%
Nebraska 1,990 $36.54 $75,990 0.225%
Arkansas 2,440 $39.35 $81,850 0.217%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 21,950 $46.76 $97,260 0.151%
Vermont 450 $43.60 $90,680 0.153%
Wisconsin 4,180 $43.14 $89,730 0.155%
Alaska 380 $42.99 $89,410 0.130%
Maine 880 $42.64 $88,700 0.148%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Alexandria, LA MSA 220 $35.07 $72,940 0.396%
Gadsden, AL MSA 140 $42.63 $88,670 0.391%
Monroe, LA MSA 280 $35.08 $72,970 0.386%
Iowa City, IA MSA 240 $34.23 $71,190 0.361%
Decatur, AL MSA 190 $37.10 $77,160 0.352%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Merced, CA MSA 70 $54.62 $113,600 0.118%
Salinas, CA MSA 180 $54.22 $112,770 0.116%
Redding, CA MSA 210 $52.78 $109,780 0.320%
Oakland, CA PMSA 1,690 $52.19 $108,560 0.168%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 330 $51.49 $107,090 0.141%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations

May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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