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    The Top 10 States to Be a Pharmacist

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



    3. Iowa (tie with Vermont)

    • Mean wage: 49
    • Number of pharmacists: 30
    • Location quotient: 25
    • Cost of living: 15
    • Crime statistics: 6
    • Pharmacy robbery rates: 22
    • Overall well-being: 14
    • Health insurance coverage: 5
    • Pharmacy job openings: 13
    • Financial savviness: 10
    • Stress: 3
    • Education level: 26

    Total: 218

    Pharmacists in search of a low-stress life might want to consider the Hawkeye State. Its overall stress ranking was number three. Crime statistics were low and pharmacy robberies ranked right about in the middle of the pack. The high rates of health insurance coverage indicate that residents have good access to their prescription medications.

    The pay, however, is not so good. With pharmacists earning an average of $110,240 per year, Iowa ranked second to last in terms of overall pay. That being said, the cost of living is only in 15th place and pharmacy job openings were a few places shy of cracking the top ten.

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