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 2022, a pharmacist in California, Alaska or another top-paying state
could expect an annual mean wage between $136,950 and $151,280 while one in a lower
paying state could expect between $96,500 and $121,860. In Georgia, where PCOM School
of Pharmacy is located, the annual mean wage for pharmacists as of May 2022 was $125,290.
Atlanta, GA—located less than an hour away from the PCOM School of Pharmacy—offered
an annual mean wage for pharmacists of $127,410 in 2022 making it one of higher paying
metropolitan areas in the country.
Nationwide, the BLS reports, the annual mean wage as of May 2022 was $129,410. 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 2022 according to the BLS were
California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Minnesota. The highest paying metropolitan
area was San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA with an annual mean wage of $174,670.