2022 Pharmacist Salary in Washington

Washington is a considerably favorable destination to work as a pharmacist, where your annual salary will be ranging from $94,400 to $166,670. On an average a pharmacist can expect to earn $129,970, annually. While working in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue areas translates to the largest employment opportunities in the state, the highest salaries come from Bellingham.

Average Salary of Pharmacist in Washington

On an average, a pharmacist in Washington earns an annual salary of $129,970. If you are looking at working part-time, you can expect to earn an hourly wage of $62.49. A pharmacist in WA earns 3.59% more than the national average.

Type Average Salary
Hourly Wage $62.49
Monthly Salary $10,830
Annual Salary $129,970


Pharmacist Salary by Experience in WA

In the beginning of your career as a pharmacist, you can expect to earn a starting salary of $94,400. Over a period of 20 years of work experience, you can expect to earn an annual salary of $166,670. Even if you stick on to your job for 5-9 years, your annual salary will go up to $135,380.

Level of Experience Hourly Annual
Less than 1 year (Starting) $45.38 $94,400
1-4 years $56.85 $118,240
5-9 years $65.09 $135,380
10-19 years $73.74 $153,380
20 years or more $80.13 $166,670


Salary Growth (2016-2020)

Washington has seen a salary hike of 7.17% between 2015 and 2020. The salary growth has been consistent at just 1.8% every year, except in 2019, where salaries rose by 1.29%.

Year Average Annual Salary Growth
2016 $123,620 1.94%
2017 $125,890 1.84%
2018 $127,360 1.17%
2019 $128,320 0.75%
2020 $129,970 1.29%
Total $8,700 7.17%


Employment Growth (2016-2020)

Washington has had a fluctuating demand in pharmacy technicians in the five year period of 2015 to 2020. While there has been a fall in the requirement of pharmacists in 2016, 2017 and 2018, only 2019 and 2020 has seen an encouraging employment growth rate of 6.97% and 7.33%.

Year Employment Growth
2016 5,900 -1.50%
2017 5,940 0.68%
2018 5,740 -3.37%
2019 6,140 6.97%
2020 6,590 7.33%
Total 600 10.02%


Industry Wise Income and Employment (2021)

Retail pharmacies employ the highest number of pharmacists, employing 2,820 and paying an annual salary $127,280. Outpatient Care Centers employ 140 pharmacists, the least in the state, and paying annual salaries of $152,420. On the other hand, working in a Hospitals will fetch you the second highest salary at $132,920.

Industry Employment Hourly Salary Annual Salary
Retail Pharmacies 2,820 $61.19 $127,280
Hospitals 1,650 $63.90 $132,920
Grocery Stores 530 $61.81 $128,580
Other General Merchandise Stores 160 $61.99 $128,940
Outpatient Care Centers 140 $73.28 $152,420


Washington Metro Wise - Salary and Employment (2021)

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue areas employ the largest number of pharmacists in the state of Washington. The highest pharmacist salaries come from Bellingham, where annual salaries are $138,300, almost $12,840 higher than the national average; however the area employs only 100 pharmacists annually.

Area Name Employment Hourly Annual Starting Salary Experienced Salary
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 3,650 $62.10 129,170 78,900 166,030
Spokane-Spokane Valley 760 $62.51 130,030 53,770 171,370
Olympia-Tumwater 250 $60.63 126,100 90,450 166,190
Yakima 210 $61.01 126,910 81,210 166,690
Kennewick-Richland 200 $60.12 125,040 90,220 163,810
Bremerton-Silverdale 180 $62.30 129,590 108,340 169,470
Wenatchee 150 $63.55 132,180 113,310 165,940
Mount Vernon-Anacortes 110 $66.01 137,300 115,030 164,700
Bellingham 100 $66.49 138,300 113,900 168,600
Longview 80 $65.78 136,830 40,490 175,170
Walla Walla 50 $62.18 129,340 107,360 171,860


Pharmacist Employment Outlook in WA (2018-2028)

As of May 2018, there are 6,540 pharmacists employed in Washington. Retirement of pharmacists and change of career leads to a demand in pharmacists to fill in new as well as replacement positions. The BLS projects an employment growth rate of 8.87% through a period of 2018-2028. By 2028, there will be an added 580 pharmacists to the workforce.

University of Washington ,Albertsons Companies PeaceHealth, Providence Health & Services, Multicare Health System, WALGREENS, RPh on the Go, CareerStaff Unlimited, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle Children’s, Kadlec, Shopko, CHI Franciscan Health, Walmart and Evergreen Healthcare, where pharmacist in the state predominantly find employment.

2018 Employment 2028 EmploymentPercent ChangeProjected Annual Job Openings
Washington6,5407,1208.87%420
United States321,700311,200-3.26%11,200


Pharmacist Washington VS Pharmacist National

Washington pays its pharmacists salaries higher by 3% than the national average. The higher cost of living in the state and a consistent demand in job positions of pharmacists, consequently lead to higher pay scales.

TypeWashington SalaryUS SalaryDifference% Difference
Hourly Wage$62.49$60.322.173.59%
Monthly Salary$10,830$10,4603703.54%
Annual Salary $129,970$125,4604,5103.59%


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