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Gap in pay between states

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by gdk420, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. gdk420

    gdk420 Senior Member
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    I was just curious, does anyone know why there is such a big gap in pay for pharmacist between the different states. I looked at the government salary site and I see a major gap in pay between mass and california, but at the same time, the gap was not that big for other health professions such as physicians and dentist. However, I did check salary.com and according to their numbers, the pharmacist in mass. make about the same as in cali. I was curious as to why is there a big gap in pay for our profession and not the other profession.
     
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  3. pharmaz88

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    supply and demand.

    Not as much population growth on the East Coast as there is out west.

    more people = more development = more pharmacies = more pharmacists needed

    not enough pharmacists to go around = more money

    (I think this is why they want you to take economics as a pre-req. lol )
     
  4. michelleca4

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    The cost of living in CA is expensive in comparison to other states.
     
  5. pmkinzero

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    I know of a few interns that make close to $30.00 an hour in downtown L.A.. However, the jobs really suck, the cost of living is very high, they have to sit in 2 hrs of traffic every night to get home, and they dont even live that far away, oh- and parking is roughly $20.00 a day! All of this = more money, however do you think its worth it?? I'll take my $20 an hour in Washington state, have fun working, and have good memories when I am a pharmacist of my intern hours!
     
  6. Like some of the others said, I think it just depends on the demand for pharmacists in the area. If there is a big shortage they are going to be paying more. Also, like Michelle said you have to take into consideration the cost of living differences. I wonder if there is a source that figures that into it?
     
  7. lord999

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    I would suggest pharmacyonesource.com. It also has all of the regulatory info and product development news you can stand.
     

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