California was the second highest-paying state in the nation for pharmacists, according to 2013 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average salary for pharmacists working in the United States is $116,500, but California pharmacists earn significantly more than this. California pharmacist salaries vary based on the city you live in, your level of experience and your employer.
What You Can Earn
According to the BLS, pharmacists working in California earned an average of $129,560. Four metropolitan areas in California were in the top 10 highest-paying locations in the nation for pharmacists. This includes the Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California, area, where pharmacists earned $151,270 in 2013, making this location the second highest-paying metropolitan area in the United States. Salaries were also high in El Centro, California, with an average of $147,740, and in Chico, California, with an average salary of $139,840. Fresno, California, rounds out the list, with an average of $136,140 in 2013.
Earnings by Experience Level
According to the State of California Employment Development Department, entry-level pharmacists in the state earned an average of $124,603 in 2014 and experienced pharmacists had an average salary of $147,963.
Pharmacist Pay by Work Place
According to Glassdoor, a pharmacist job at Kaiser Permanente in Los, Angeles, California, offered an annual salary of $117,561 at the time of publication. Salaries are even higher at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where a pharmacist can earn a yearly salary of $137,302. At Target in Los Angeles, pharmacists earn an average of $139,290. Pharmacist salaries are modest at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles, where pharmacists earn $97,736 at the time of publication.
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