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 2020, a pharmacist in Alaska, California or another top-paying state
could expect an annual mean wage between $126,930 and $147,040 while one in a lower
paying state could expect between $92,660 and $120,950. In Georgia, where PCOM School
of Pharmacy is located, the annual mean wage for pharmacists last year was $118,900.
Atlanta, GA—located less than an hour away from the PCOM School of Pharmacy—offered
an annual mean wage for pharmacists of $119,540 in 2020 making it one of higher paying
metropolitan areas in the country.
Nationwide, the BLS reports, the annual mean wage as of May 2020 was $125,460. 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 2020 according to the BLS were
Alaska, California, Oregon, Maine and Vermont. The highest paying metropolitan area
was in California—a state with a mean annual wage for pharmacists of $146,070. In
Madera, California a pharmacist can expect an annual mean wage of $165,350. California
metropolitan areas hold nine of the top 10 highest paying spots. Dalton, Georgia—located
approximately an hour and a half from Atlanta—is one of the higher paying metro areas
in the nation with an average mean wage of $135,550.