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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. Vermont (tie with Iowa)

    • Mean wage: 4
    • Number of pharmacists: 49
    • Location quotient: 49
    • Cost of living: 43
    • Crime statistics: 1
    • Pharmacy robbery rates: 10
    • Overall well-being: 11
    • Health insurance coverage: 7
    • Pharmacy job openings: 18
    • Financial savviness: 19
    • Stress: 7
    • Education level: 5

    Total: 218

    Iowa tied with Vermont for third place honors, but the two are quite different in several of the metrics. For our entire list, the Green Mountain State was the safest place to live—it came in best on overall crime and in the bottom ten of the pharmacy robbery rates (there were only two reported robberies in 2016).

    Even better is the money. The average annual salary ($128,380) was several thousand dollars more than the national average, health insurance coverage was high, and job openings were in the top 20 in the country. However, Vermont ranked 49 when it came to the total number of pharmacists and the location quotient, so if you are looking for a professional community, you might not find it in Vermont.

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