Pharmacy Schools in Wisconsin - 2022

Wisconsin offers some of the highest pharmacist salaries in the nation. However due to limited growth in its pharmaceutical industry, pharmacist jobs aren’t proportional to the earnings they make. In 2020, there were approximately 5,740 pharmacists working in the state, drawing an average annual salary of $127,450. If you are keen on pursuing a career in pharmacy, then you must complete a Pharm. D. program from any of the accredited pharmacy schools in Wisconsin.

2022 Ranking of ACPE Accredited Pharmacy Schools in Wisconsin

#1. University of Wisconsin

Ranking Score: 96.21%
Location: Madison
Accreditation: ACPE

University of Wisconsin NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate
2017 125 99.20%
2018 120 98.33%
2019 147 97.28%
2020 126 93.60%

#2. Concordia University

Ranking Score: 86.58%
Location: Mequon
Accreditation: ACPE

Concordia University NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate
2017 89 87.64%
2018 82 90.24%
2019 95 88.42%
2020 65 83.10%

Licensure - Passing the NAPLEX and MPJE

Apply to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Service along with an application fee and required documents. Register online through the NABP site for the NAPLEX and MPJE. Take and pass the exam to become a licensed pharmacist.

Wisconsin Pharm.D. Graduates NAPLEX Performance (2017-2020)

In the last four years, pharmacy graduates in Wisconsin have done exceptionally well on the NAPLEX, except for 2020 where the performance was just above average. In 2017, a whopping 93.42% graduates out the 214 who took the exam, passed it on first attempt. In 2018 and 2019, number went up to 202 and 242, out of which 94.29% and 92.85% was the first attempt pass rate respectively. It is mention worthy that graduates from Wisconsin have done consistently well in these four years with an above 90% first time pass rate.

School Location 2017 2018 2019 2020
#Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass %
University of Wisconsin Madison 125 99.20% 120 98.33% 147 97.28% 126 93.60%
Concordia University Mequon 89 87.64% 82 90.24% 95 88.42% 65 83.10%
Overall Wisconsin NAPLEX Performance 214 93.42% 202 94.29% 242 92.85% 191 88.35%

Pharmacist Salary in Wisconsin

A pharmacist in WI earns an annual average salary of $127,450, much higher than the national average salary of $125,460. When you start working you can expect to take home a pay check of $92,740 and with few years of experience you can well go on to earn $164,760. Appleton, Madison, Racine,Janesville-Beloit, Duluth and Fond Du Lac are some of the highest paying metros in the nation, with Appleton topping the list in the state, paying pharmacist salaries of $155,990, annually.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pharmacist Job Outlook in Wisconsin

Wisconsin will have only 90 new pharmacist positions created from 2018 to 2028. The minimal growth could be due to hardly any expansion of the pharmaceutical sector in the state. Each year 230 jobs will open up to fill up new as well as replacement positions. Walgreens,Aurora Health Care, CVS Health, Hometown Pharmacy, Froedtert, Walmart, Meijer, HealthDirect Pharmacy Services, Ascension,Mayo Clinic, Mercyhealth, UnityPoint Health – Meriter, Gundersen Health System, ThedaCare and Marshfield Clinic Health System are some of the prominent employers in the state.

2018 Employment2028 EmploymentGrowthProjected Annual Job Openings (New + Replacement)
Source: Career One Stop

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