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    The Top 10 States to Be a Pharmacist

    The definitive ranking of the best places to practice pharmacy in America.



    1. Minnesota

    • Mean wage: 11
    • Number of pharmacists: 18
    • Location quotient: 35
    • Cost of living: 31
    • Crime statistics: 11
    • Pharmacy robbery rates: 40
    • Overall well-being: 1
    • Health insurance coverage: 4
    • Pharmacy job openings: 28
    • Financial savviness: 1
    • Stress: 1
    • Education level: 8

    Total: 189

    It may be cold in Minnesota, but pharmacists in the North Star State enjoy a good quality of life, a low stress level, and are quite financially savvy.

    Salaries are just a few hundred dollars less than the national average ($122,900), and health coverage for the overall population is high up in the rankings (number four), meaning residents have good access to their prescription medications. Not so great, however, is that Minnesota ranks 10 on the list of pharmacy robberies (there were 18 in 2016). In fact, Minnesota is the only state in our top ten that made the DEA’s top ten for pharmacy robberies.

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