US pharmacists among top earners

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Pharmacists are some of America’s highest-paid professionals, according to Glassdoor’s report on the 25 highest-paid jobs in America.

Physicians were taking home the highest salaries, with a median base salary of US$180,000; but pharmacy managers weren’t too far behind, taking home a median base salary of $130,000.

Pharmacists also appeared on the list at number 13: the median base salary for a US pharmacist is $118,000.

The report also looked at the number of job openings available, and here pharmacists also shone. Pharmacists had the second-highest number of job openings, at 4502, after product managers, at 7700.

There were 1,766 vacancies for pharmacy managers.

Glassdoor cautioned that pay is not everything when it comes to job satisfaction.

“This report reinforces that high pay continues to be tied to in-demand skills, higher education and working in jobs that are protected from competition or automation. This is why we see several jobs within the technology and healthcare industries,” says Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor Chief Economist.

“There’s no doubt that pay is among the leading factors most job seekers weigh when determining where to work.

“However, our research shows that a big paycheck isn’t necessarily tied to long-term satisfaction in your job.

“Instead, when we dig deeper into what keeps employees satisfied once they’re in a job and with a company, we find that culture and values, career opportunities, and trust in senior leadership are the biggest drivers of employee satisfaction.”

For a job title to be considered for Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America report, job titles had to receive at least 75 salary reports shared by US-based employees over the past year.

The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of February 23, 2016. The report excluded C-suite level jobs.

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