Pharmacists earnings in the United States by hourly wage 2016

This statistic is based on a survey and displays U.S. pharmacists' earnings based on hourly wage as of 2016. Some 14.5 percent of pharmacist respondents claimed to earn 51 to 55 U.S. dollars per hour. Compensation for pharmacists appears to be rising and sometimes pharmacists could also raise their take-home pay through commissions, profit-sharing, and bonuses.

Earnings of U.S. pharmacists

About 42 percent of pharmacists in the United States earn 61 to 70 U.S. dollars per hour, while 3.2 percent earn 40 U.S. dollars per hour or less. Pharmacists earn some of the highest mean hourly wages among health care practitioners and technical occupations at an average of 57.34 U.S. dollars per hour. Dental hygienists earn about 35 U.S. dollars per hour. Pharmacists have one of the highest salaries in the health care industry. Those living in Santa Cruz, California and Gadsden, Alabama, are among the highest-paid professionals in the country. Job location is an important determinant on a pharmacist’s earnings while employer and tenure have a small influence as well.

In comparison, some of the lowest paid jobs in the United States are found in the food industry, especially among employees in fast food restaurants. Within the education and health services industry, about 213,000 people are paid hourly wages that are at or below minimum wage during this year. However, overall those with more education, tend to earn a higher hourly wage.

Earnings of U.S. pharmacists based on hourly wage in 2016

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Release date

November 2016


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

3,085 pharmacists

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