While industry plays a significant role in determining how much you will make as a
pharmacist, location is also a major determining factor. BLS data shows that, in 2021, a pharmacist in California, Texas or another top-paying state
could expect an annual mean wage between $126,950 and $146,140 while one in a lower
paying state could expect between $95,660 and $119,250. In Georgia, where PCOM School
of Pharmacy is located, the annual mean wage for pharmacists last year was $119,660.
Atlanta, GA—located less than an hour away from the PCOM School of Pharmacy—offered
an annual mean wage for pharmacists of $120,040 in 2021 making it one of higher paying
metropolitan areas in the country.
Nationwide, the BLS reports, the annual mean wage as of May 2021 was $125,690. The mean wage is an average calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a
year-round, full-time rate of 2,080 hours.
The top five highest paying states for pharmacists in 2021 according to the BLS were
California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Vermont. The highest paying metropolitan
area was New York-Newark-Jersey City (NY, NJ, PA) with an annual mean wage of $128,630.