2024 Pharmacist Salary in Arkansas

If you want to become a pharmacist and work in the state of Arkansas, you should know that a pharmacist salary in Arkansas is $121,970 annually which can vary from $80,060 to $153,480 depending upon your working experience. In last five years, AR pharmacists’ salary grew over 4.28% and employment rate was at 15.06% in negetive. The top three paying cities in Arkansas are Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Jonesboro and Hot Springs, whereas the lowest annual salary is paid at Little Rock-North and Pine Bluff area in Arkansas. According to BLS, AR is expected to employ over 120 pharmacists every year until 2030, representing a growth of over 0.90% since 2020.

Average Salary of Pharmacist in Arkansas

As a pharmacist, you will have two options to work in the state of Arkansas. First, you can work as a part timer and earn an average wage of $58.64 per hour and second option is to work as a full time and earn an average annual income of $121,970. AR pharmacists’ salary is primarily depended upon work experience, individual education and job city.

Type Average Salary
Hourly Wage$58.64
Monthly Salary$10,160
Annual Salary $121,970

Pharmacist Salary by Experience in AR

In the beginning of your career as a pharmacist in AR, you can expect to earn an income of $80,060 per annum or $38.49 per hour. In less than ten working years as a pharmacist, your annual salary may jump to $127,240 and within 20 years, you can make $132,650 annually. The 20+ years of experienced pharmacists in Arkansas earn $153,480 annually or $73.79 hourly. It is certain that your salary in AR will keep on getting consistent hikes as and when you gain experience and expertise as a pharmacist.

Level of Experience Hourly Annual
Less than 1 year (Starting)$38.49 $80,060
1-4 years$58.13 $120,910
5-9 years$61.17 $127,240
10-19 years$63.77 $132,650
20 years or more$73.79 $153,480

Salary Growth (2017-2021)

In 2017, the average annual salary of pharmacists in AR was $117,670 which became $121,970 in 2021, adding over $5,010 in last five years, representing a growth of 4.28%. Based on the demand of the pharmacists in the state, Arkansas consistently increased the salaries of pharmacists in last four years, marking a hike of 1.44% in 2019, 1.61% in 2021, and less than 1% in 2017, 2018 and 2020.

Year Average Annual Salary Growth

Employment Growth (2017-2021)

Pharmacists in Arkansas were employed at a rate of 15.06% in negative from 2017 to 2021. In 2017 when pharmacists’ employment rate was 0.85%. AR hired pharmacists with a rate of 7.89% in negative in 2013, a whopping 12.67% in 2015, an excellent 6.99% in 2016 and a marginal 0.85% in 2017.

Year Employment Growth

Industry Wise Income and Employment (2021)

In Arkansas, retail pharmacies employ the largest number of 1,210 pharmacists and pay around $115,060 annually. Hospitals pay the highest annual salary of $129,030 and employ over 780 pharmacists, whereas Retail Pharmacies in AR pay the lowest annual salary of $115,060 and also employ the least number of 70 pharmacists in Outpatient Care Centers.

Industry Employment Hourly Salary Annual Salary
Retail Pharmacies1,210$55.32 $115,060
Hospitals780$62.04 $129,030
Grocery Stores230$56.05 $116,590
Other General Merchandise Stores190$61.50 $127,930
Outpatient Care Centers70$70.31 $146,250

Arkansas Metro Wise - Salary and Employment (2021)

If you are an entry level pharmacist, then you can get the best salary of over $98,910 in Jonesboro and $96,010 in Fort Smith whereas the best annual average salary of $127,390 is paid by Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers and the best salary to experienced pharmacists is paid by Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, marking at $161,450. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway employs the largest number of 980 pharmacists and Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers employs 460 pharmacists.

AREA_TITLE Employment Hourly Annual Starting Salary Experienced Salary
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway 980 $56.46 $117,430 $47,370 $152,480
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers 460 $61.25 $127,390 $82,470 $161,450
Fort Smith 240 $58.55 $121,780 $96,010 $152,950
Jonesboro 150 $60.78 $126,420 $98,910 $152,950
Hot Springs 130 $58.99 $122,690 $96,010 $152,950
Pine Bluff 60 $57.02 $118,600 $78,280 $130,840

Pharmacist Employment Outlook in AR (2020-2030)

There are tremendous possibilities to root your career as a pharmacist in the state of Arkansas. Top healthcare companies like Walmart, Washington Regional, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and many others are going to employ pharmacists and cater to the medical needs of the citizens of Arkansas. According to BLS, there will be 3,070 pharmacists by 2030 in AR, marking an estimated growth rate at 0.99% and projecting 120 job openings every year for the aspiring pharmacists.

2020 Employment 2030 EmploymentPercent ChangeProjected Annual Job Openings
United States 323,500331,1002.35%13,600

Pharmacist Arkansas VS Pharmacist National

Pharmacists in Arkansas earn an average annual salary of $121,970 which is 3,720 less than national average, representing a difference of -2.96%. Part time pharmacists in AR make $58.64 per hour whereas national average is at $60.43.

TypeArkansas SalaryUS SalaryDifference% Difference
Hourly Wage$58.64 $60.43 -1.79-2.96%
Monthly Salary$10,160 $10,470 -310-2.96%
Annual Salary $121,970 $125,690 -3,720-2.96%

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