2022 Pharmacist Salary in South Carolina

On an average, South Carolina pharmacist salary is $119,090 per annum which is lower than the national average. Based on your working experience, you can begin your pharmacist career in South Carolina with $72,780 per annum which can jump to $161,080, annually after an experience of 20 years or more. Depending on your work location in SC, you can earn the highest annual salary in Florence. All healthcare industries that employ pharmacists in South Carolina, pay almost similar salaries, with a difference of hardly $3,000 per annum. BLS expects up to 220 job openings for aspiring pharmacists every year all across the state of South Carolina.

Average Salary of Pharmacist in South Carolina

If you are aspiring to become a pharmacist and work in South Carolina, you can earn an average annual salary of $119,090 and if you want to work as a part time pharmacist, you can make an hourly remuneration of $57.25. Pharmacists’ average salary in SC is nearly 5.08% lower than the national average.

Type Average Salary
Hourly Wage $57.25
Monthly Salary $9,920
Annual Salary $119,090


Pharmacist Salary by Experience in SC

Being a pharmacist working in South Carolina, you can expect to earn up to $161,080 or more provided that you back yourself with a working experience of 20+ years. Yep! ‘Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.’ As an entry level pharmacist, you can fetch only $72,780 annually which will gradually rise to $107,580 within first five years of experience. 5-9 years and 10-19 years of working experience as a pharmacist in SC will get you an annual income of $124,360 and $142,870 respectively.

Level of Experience Hourly Annual
Less than 1 year (Starting) $34.99 $72,780
1-4 years $51.72 $107,580
5-9 years $59.92 $124,630
10-19 years $68.69 $142,870
20 years or more $77.44 $161,080


Salary Growth (2016-2020)

Representing salary growth of 1.10% in negetive, South Carolina consistently has shown positive numbers in last two years, adding nearly $1,000 more to the salaries of SC pharmacists. From 2015 to 2017, every alternative year, there was a decent hike in the annual salary of the pharmacists in South Carolina – in 2016 pharmacists’ salary grew at 1.89%, down to 0.47% in 2017, which again fell to 0.47% in 2017. In the last year 2020, the average annual salary of pharmacists was $119,090, marking a negetive growth of 2.78%.

Year Average Annual Salary Growth
2016 $122,690 1.89%
2017 $123,270 0.47%
2018 $122,900 -0.30%
2019 $122,500 -0.33%
2020 $119,090 -2.78%
Total -$1,320 -1.10%


Employment Growth (2016-2020)

Pharmacists’ employment numbers in South Carolina are a bit disappointing. The state is continuously cutting off the jobs of pharmacists owing to the adoption of automation in pharmaceutical sector. In last five years, South Carolina terminated 4.23% of its pharmacists, losing 210 pharmacists from across the state.

Year Employment Growth
2016 4,800 -2.24%
2017 4,750 -1.04%
2018 5,070 6.74%
2019 5,190 2.37%
2020 5,370 3.47%
Total 460 9.37%


Industry Wise Income and Employment (2021)

South Carolina Outpatient Care Centers pay the highest annual salary among all pharmaceutical industries and Retail Pharmacies pay the lowest, however there’s merely a difference of $23,040. Retail pharmacies in the state of South Carolina employ the largest number of 2,300 pharmacists whereas SC hospitals employ over 1,340 pharmacists at an average annual salary of $121,800.

Industry Employment Hourly Salary Annual Salary
Retail Pharmacies 2,300 $56.07 $116,620
Hospitals 1,340 $58.56 $121,800
Grocery Stores 430 $56.64 $117,820
Other General Merchandise Stores 130 $56.80 $118,150
Outpatient Care Centers 120 $67.15 $139,660


South Carolina Metro Wise - Salary and Employment (2021)

The salary paid by different South Carolina cities varies from $110,300 to $127,230 per annum. If you want to fetch the best annual salary, you should consider working as a pharmacist in Florence, Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin or Spartanburg. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort also pays the highest salary to entry level pharmacists. As far as employment is concerned, Charleston-North Charleston employs the largest number of 1,180 pharmacists, whereas Sumter employs the least number of 100 pharmacists.

Area Name Employment Hourly Annual Starting Salary Experienced Salary
Charleston-North Charleston 1,180 $57.17 118,910 45,890 164,760
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin 1,150 $60.43 125,690 88,310 163,660
Columbia 1,020 $53.03 110,300 60,850 147,340
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach 410 $56.78 118,110 92,390 156,340
Spartanburg 380 $58.66 122,020 94,070 158,520
Florence 270 $61.17 127,230 82,080 167,170
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort 180 $57.26 119,100 105,570 138,780
Sumter 100 $56.07 116,630 89,860 151,890


Pharmacist Employment Outlook in SC (2018-2028)

Due to excessive cutting down of the pharmacist positions in last five years, South Carolina is hopeful to change employment growth to positive in the coming years, estimating around 220 job opening every year until 2028, it will register a growth rate of 1.17% in negative in next eight years. As South Carolina says, ‘While I breathe, I hope.’ To turn this employment growth in to positive, prominent pharmaceutical companies like Walgreens, Novant, Aiken Reginal Medical Centers and many others will employ aspiring pharmacists all across the state of South Carolina.

2018 Employment 2028 EmploymentPercent ChangeProjected Annual Job Openings
South Carolina5,1105,050-1.17%220
United States321,700311,200-3.26%11,200


Pharmacist South Carolina VS Pharmacist National

The national average salary of pharmacists is 5.08% higher than the average annual salary of the pharmacists working in South Carolina. SC pharmacists earn an average annual income of $119,090 as against the national average at $125,460.

TypeSouth Carolina SalaryUS SalaryDifference% Difference
Hourly Wage$57.25 $60.32 -3.06-5.08%
Monthly Salary$9,920 $10,460 -540-5.16%
Annual Salary $119,090 $125,460-6,370-5.08%


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