Salaries for pharmacists reflect their extensive education -- a doctorate is required -- and high level of responsibility. Salaries vary from one state to another, however. Pharmacists’ average annual salaries in Florida in 2013 were slightly below the average for the rest of the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national average was $116,500 and in Florida it was $112,560.
Location Affects Salary
The location in which a pharmacist works is often the most important factor in salary. Even within a state, salaries can vary widely. For example, the BLS notes that pharmacists in the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area earned $116,610 a year in 2013. In the Naples-Marco Island area the average annual salary was $123,970. The lowest salary in the state was in Gainesville, where pharmacists earned an average of $100,520 a year in 2013, according to the BLS. In the neighboring area of Sebastian-Vero Beach, however, the average salary was $132,390. Sebastian-Vero Beach was the highest-paying location in the state.
Other Salary Influences
Salaries in Florida also varied according to the pharmacists’ position, title or specialty in 2015, according to job site Indeed. A clinical pharmacist lead position offered a salary of $100,000. The salary offered for an oncology pharmacist was $108,000 a year. An outpatient pharmacist position had a salary of $109,000. The salary posted for a clinical inpatient pharmacist was $131,000. The salary offered for a transplant pharmacist was $179,000. Indeed reports that a posting for an acute care pharmacist in Florida offered a salary of $239,000 a year.
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