That is an average figure though and doesn’t take in to account the length of service and geographical location. For example, a pharmacist in California could be making $20,000 more a year than one in Washington.
Similarly, in the UK, a newly qualified pharmacist in Wales can expect jobs paying £20,000 a year (approx $32,000) whereas in London, this figure would be more like £30,000 ($49,000). This could rise to £50,000-£60,000 ($81,000-$98,000) for pharmacists with 20 years of experience.
There is also a difference in salary depending on whether you are based in a hospital, a community pharmacy or at home and also whether you are on-call out of normal hours.
Community pharmacists work at the frontline of healthcare in cities, towns and villages usually from a doctor’s surgery or healthcare centre. Hospital-based pharmacists get involved with the treatment of patients on the wards.
Academic pharmacists work from universities, teaching and researching new medicines. Then there are industrial pharmacists who work to create drugs that can be marketed all over the world. So the role can be varied depending on where you are, and so can the pay.
When considering a career in pharmacy, you should look beyond the size of the pay packet as the benefits are further reaching.
For a start, you help people and that brings a great deal of satisfaction. You also become an important part of community life where you live. There are opportunities to work abroad because your skills are in demand worldwide and there are lots of career path options.
Pharmacists are the country's main experts in medicines and the pharmacy is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare.