According to U.S. News and World Report, the median annual income in 2014 was $120,950 or $58.15 and hour.

The pharmacists with the highest compensations were employed by scientific research and development companies.

The cities where pharmacists make the most are Santa Cruz, California, Gadsden, Alabama, and Fresno, California.

There is an excellent graphic at Pharmacy Times that breaks down the hourly wage by pharmacy specialty.

Keep in mind that many students graduate with over $100,000 in debt. Don't let that deter you if pharmacy is your passion. It is a great career path full of options (hospital, retail, industry, research, etc...). You get to interact with patients and work with professionals and there is good work life balance (in some of the positions, at least!). However, there are issues such as market saturation so don't expect to get your dream job right away.

PracticeJoanna Simmon