Everyone says pharmacy is a lucrative career. That's certainly what it appears like. However, after working as a clerk and discussing compensation with pharmacists, I am not so sure about the reality of making $100,000 per year or perhaps more. The reason I say this is because both of them have told me that the money isn't really that great at all once you have tax deductions. One even told me he knows of a pharmacist who graduated from pharmacy school and makes only $61,000 per year. They even tell me it is unrealistic to think that you will pay off $150,000 in student loans within a few years. That amount will take a lifetime to pay back, according to them. Though my primary motivation in going into pharmacy is an interest in the profession itself, let's not be fooled...financial compensation is extremely important. I somewhat felt discouraged today when I was told these things. To think that I am going through years of rigorous training, only to make $60,000 per year and not be able to pay off my loans quite comfortably for an entire professional career span of about 40 years, makes me think about whether all of this will pay off. I don't want to work, no matter how much I love my profession, only to realize that the money I'm making is not really as great as it initially appears to be as a student and to live just to pay bills and pay back student loans. It is only natural for one to desire a reward of some kind. I'm sure as a pharmacist, you want to buy a nice house, a car, live comfortably, etc... However, being told that the money isn't that good at all is just completely discouraging. Especially the part about the pharmacist making a mediocre $61,000. I don't understand it. I always read that pharmacists make about $100,000 and are even breaking that mark, but I'm just skeptical about things right now. I am afraid of being in that position and landing a mediocre $50,000 job when I graduate instead of being compensated for my level of education and knowledge. What is $61,000 after 6-8 years of school and thousands of dollars in debt? The pharmacists I work with are extremely pleasant and wonderful people. I get along with them very well and they have taught me so much about pharmacy. But this particular aspect is something new. Maybe they were so discouraging about this topic because I am in New York City. I can imagine the tax rate here is absolutely insane. One pharmacist told me almost half his money goes to taxes and he was happier as an intern. Your feedback and thoughts are much appreciated.