2022 Pharmacist Salary in Kentucky

If you want to work as a pharmacist in Kentucky, you should know that pharmacist salary in Kentucky can vary from $108,480 to $140,960 per annum, based on your job location in KY. Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Bowling Green and Owensboro pay the highest salaries, whereas Louisville/Jefferson County and Lexington-Fayette pay the lowest among all cities in KY. In last five years, Kentucky pharmacists’ employment grew over 13%, whereas salary growth was negligible at 0.12%, however current salary of pharmacists in KY is slightly better than the national average. According to BLS, there will be around 230 job openings for aspiring pharmacists every year until 2028, representing an excellent employment growth of 7.52% in the state of Kentucky.

Average Salary of Pharmacist in Kentucky

Being a pharmacist working in Kentucky, you can expect to earn an average annual salary of $121,680 whereas if you want to work as a part time pharmacist, you can make an average of $58.50 per hour. Pharmacists in Kentucky earn 3.01% lower than the national average.

Type Average Salary
Hourly Wage $58.50
Monthly Salary $10,140
Annual Salary $121,680


Pharmacist Salary by Experience in KY

As and when you gain your working experience as a pharmacist, Kentucky will raise your salary accordingly. Starting your pharmacist career from $85,160 per annum, you can start making $111,160 within five years. In a span of 5-9 years, you can fetch $125,310 and with an experience of 10-19 years, you may get $141,910 per annum. 20+ years of experienced pharmacists in KY earn an annual income of $161,150.

Level of Experience Hourly Annual
Less than 1 year (Starting) $40.94 $85,160
1-4 years $53.44 $111,160
5-9 years $60.25 $125,310
10-19 years $68.23 $141,910
20 years or more $77.48 $161,150


Salary Growth (2016-2020)

In last five years, only in the year 2015, salary of the pharmacists working across the state grew by 0.46% in negative. In rest four years, there was negligible change in the salary growth rate. Pharmacists’ salary in KY was 0.39% higher in 2018, and then went down to 0.04% in 2019.

Year Average Annual Salary Growth
2016 $121,690 0.13%
2017 $121,970 0.23%
2018 $122,450 0.39%
2019 $122,400 -0.04%
2020 $121,680 -0.59%
Total $150 0.12%


Employment Growth (2016-2020)

Kentucky employed over 4,450 pharmacists all across the state in the year 2016, representing a growth of 2.53%. In 2017 and 2018, pharmacists were employed at a growth rate of 8.76% and 3.51% respectively. In 2019, KY pharmacists’ employment growth rate was 3.39% and 4.63% in negetive in 2020. KY is expected to hire pharmacists at a higher rate in the coming years.

Year Employment Growth
2016 4,450 2.53%
2017 4,840 8.76%
2018 5,010 3.51%
2019 5,180 3.39%
2020 4,940 -4.63%
Total 600 13.82%


Industry Wise Income and Employment (2021)

Retail pharmacies in Kentucky employ the largest number of 2,120 pharmacists and pay an annual salary of $119,160, whereas KY Outpatient Care Centers employ the smallest number of 110 pharmacists, paying an average salary of $142,700 per annum. Outpatient Care Centers and Hospitals pay the highest salaries to pharmacists. However, there’s hardly a difference of $18,260 in the annual salaries of pharmacists among all healthcare industries.

Industry Employment Hourly Salary Annual Salary
Retail Pharmacies 2,120 $57.29 $119,160
Hospitals 1,240 $59.83 $124,440
Grocery Stores 400 $57.87 $120,380
Other General Merchandise Stores 120 $58.03 $120,720
Outpatient Care Centers 110 $68.61 $142,700


Kentucky Metro Wise - Salary and Employment (2021)

Based on your job location in Kentucky, your annual salary can vary up to $32,480 per annum, as Elizabethtown-Fort Knox pays the highest salary of $140,960 per annum and Lexington-Fayette pays the lowest salary of $108,480 per annum, amongst all the cities in Kentucky. Louisville/Jefferson County and Lexington-Fayette employ the largest number of pharmacists in the state, whereas Elizabethtown-Fort Knox and Bowling Green employ the smallest number of pharmacists in KY.

Area Name Employment Hourly Annual Starting Salary Experienced Salary
Louisville/Jefferson County 1,500 $57.39 119,370 57,660 159,480
Lexington-Fayette 850 $52.15 108,480 28,510 152,040
Owensboro 160 $58.20 121,050 71,690 161,010
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox 130 $67.77 140,960 108,250 206,060
Bowling Green 100 $65.22 135,650 109,280 163,450


Pharmacist Employment Outlook in KY (2018-2028)

Kentucky is an excellent opportunity for the aspiring pharmacists. In next eight years, Kentucky is expected to have over 5,030 pharmacists which represents an estimated employment growth rate of a whopping 7.52%, it’s over 7% higher than the estimated national average. The state of KY will open around 230 vacancies every year for the potential pharmacists. Walmart, PharMerica, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Baptist Healthcare System and many others are the top pharmacists’ employers in Kentucky.

2018 Employment 2028 EmploymentPercent ChangeProjected Annual Job Openings
Kentucky5,0305,0300.00%230
United States 321,700311,200-3.26%11,200


Pharmacist Kentucky VS Pharmacist National

Kentucky Pharmacists earn an annual average salary of $121,680 which is 3.01% lower than the national average at $125,460 per annum. Part time pharmacists in KY also earn slightly better hourly remuneration than that compared to the national average.

TypeKentucky SalaryUS SalaryDifference% Difference
Hourly Wage$58.50 $60.32 -1.82-3.01%
Monthly Salary$10,140 $10,460 -320-3.06%
Annual Salary $121,680 $125,460 -3,780-3.01%


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