Pharmacy Schools in Wisconsin - 2024

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 2021, there were approximately 5,850 pharmacists working in the state, drawing an average annual salary of $129,640. 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.

2024 Ranking of ACPE Accredited Pharmacy Schools in Wisconsin

#1. University of Wisconsin

Ranking Score: 93.23%
Location: Madison
Accreditation: ACPE

University of Wisconsin NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate

#2. Concordia University

Ranking Score: 82.62%
Location: Mequon
Accreditation: ACPE

Concordia University NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate

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 (2018-2021)

In the last four years, pharmacy graduates in Wisconsin have done exceptionally well on the NAPLEX, except for 2021 where the performance was just above average. In 2018, a whopping 94.29% graduates out the 202 who took the exam, passed it on first attempt. In 2019 and 2020, number went from 243 and 197, out of which 93.00% and 87.00% 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 80% first time pass rate.

School Location 2018 2019 2020 2021
#Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass %
University of Wisconsin Madison12098.33%14797.00%13192.00%14091.00%
Concordia University Mequon8290.24%9689.00%6682.00%7878.00%
Overall Wisconsin NAPLEX Performance20294.29%24393.00%19787.00%21884.50%

Pharmacist Salary in Wisconsin

A pharmacist in WI earns an annual average salary of $129,640, much higher than the national average salary of $125,690. When you start working you can expect to take home a pay check of $76,050 and with few years of experience you can well go on to earn $167,140. Appleton, Madison, Racine,Janesville-Beloit, Duluth and Fond Du Lac are some of the highest paying metros in the nation, with La Crosse-Onalaska topping the list in the state, paying pharmacist salaries of $136,150, annually.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pharmacist Job Outlook in Wisconsin

Wisconsin will have only 40 new pharmacist positions created from 2020 to 2030. The minimal growth could be due to hardly any expansion of the pharmaceutical sector in the state. Each year 220 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.

2020 Employment2030 EmploymentGrowthProjected Annual Job Openings (New + Replacement)
Source: Career One Stop

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