10 Countries With The Highest Pharmacist Salaries In The World

(Last Updated On: November 12, 2019)

A pharmacist is a healthcare professional who focuses on the safe and effective use of medication. They dispense prescription medication to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. Here is a list of countries with the highest paid pharmacists:

1. Switzerland

Salary – $180,000

Swiss pharmacists earn around CHF 68,000 annually when they have limited experience and this rises to CHF 180,000 when one gains over 20 years of experience in the field.

2. United States

Salary – $158,000

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average pharmacist salary is $120,000 annually. The highest paid in the industry earn around $158,000 a year while the lowest paid earn $139,000 a year. Some of the highest paying states include California, Washington, South Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and New York

3. Canada

Salary – $109,000

Canadian pharmacist are paid an annual salary ranging between CA$54,000 – CA$144,300 depending on location and level of experience. The highest paying provinces are Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories.

4. United Kingdom

Salary – $107,000

According to the National Careers Service pharmacists have a starting salary of around £26,500 a year, £32,000 to £41,000 when one gain a reasonable amount of experience and £41,000 to £83,000 when one is highly experienced.

5. Norway

Salary – $83,000

According to the Norwegian pharmaceutical association, a pharmacist with a Bachelor’s degree earns NOK 524,576 and one with a master’s degree earns NOK 590,071 during the sunrise of their careers. One once is able to gather a number of years of experience and works for a large pharmaceutical company their salary rises to NOK760,000 annually.

6. Netherlands

Salary – $79,500

A Dutch pharmacist has a starting salary of around €44,000 annually when one has little to no experience. This rises to €72,000 a year once one attains over 10 years experience in the industry.

7. Ireland

Salary – $79,500

In order to be a pharmacist in Ireland, one needs to either holding a four year Bachelor of Pharmacy honours from Trinity College Dublin or the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Pharmacy or University College Cork all of which are accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. Afterwards, one goes for a one year full time in service taught programme provided by the RCSI and gets awarded the degree of MPharm. Pharmacists can earn between €40,000 and €60,000 when they have upto three years experience and between €60,000 to €100,000 when one has over 3 years experience. Those working in the public sector earn up to €71, 342 on senior level and €88,400 on chief level.

8. Germany

Salary – $77,000

The average salary of a pharmacist in Germany is between €27,000 – €45,000 a year during the first years of their career. It then rises to around €70,000 once one gets a lot of experience. Research based pharmaceutical companies tend to pay higher than State pharmacy.

9. Denmark

Salary – $71,000

An experienced pharmacist who has worked over 10 years makes an average of DKK 40,000 per month and this can go as high as DKK 52,000 per month.

10. Australia

Salary – $66,500

Pharmacist in Australia earn AU$67,400 per year on average as a starting salary. Those who are highly experienced make more than AU$97,250 per year.