Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
267,860 0.9 % $51.27 $106,630 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $38.11 $46.05 $52.49 $59.29 $64.56
Annual Wage (2) $79,270 $95,780 $109,180 $123,330 $134,290


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Health and Personal Care Stores 119,150 $51.83 $107,810
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 57,230 $51.06 $106,210
Grocery Stores 22,390 $50.79 $105,640
Department Stores 18,410 $50.54 $105,120
Other General Merchandise Stores 13,230 $52.61 $109,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 350 $56.11 $116,710
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 50 $55.08 $114,580
Insurance Carriers 1,010 $53.55 $111,390
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,770 $53.30 $110,860
Employment Services 2,850 $53.11 $110,480


State profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New Hampshire 1,920 $54.09 $112,500 3.098
West Virginia 1,950 $51.57 $107,270 2.763
Rhode Island 1,240 $47.26 $98,300 2.701
North Dakota 880 $43.56 $90,610 2.501
Tennessee 6,530 $53.58 $111,460 2.487

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 23,060 $56.29 $117,080 1.586
Maine 1,190 $55.66 $115,760 2.014
Alabama 4,550 $55.32 $115,060 2.439
Minnesota 5,550 $54.57 $113,500 2.113
Alaska 390 $54.55 $113,460 1.263


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 560 $50.32 $104,660 4.385
Richmond, VA 2,420 $54.26 $112,870 4.060
Gainesville, FL 490 $46.77 $97,280 4.036
Fargo, ND-MN 470 $44.43 $92,420 3.944
Iowa City, IA 330 $42.03 $87,420 3.943

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 230 $67.63 $140,670 1.371
Modesto, CA 310 $65.17 $135,550 1.994
Farmington, NM 50 $64.90 $134,990 1.038
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 150 $64.64 $134,450 1.753
Gadsden, AL 90 $62.52 $130,040 2.682


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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