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    The Top 10 States to Be a Pharmacist

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



    8. Massachusetts (tie with Nebraska)

    • Mean wage: 41
    • Number of pharmacists: 13
    • Location quotient: 23
    • Cost of living: 47
    • Crime statistics: 7
    • Pharmacy robbery rates: 33
    • Overall well-being: 15
    • Health insurance coverage: 1
    • Pharmacy job openings: 39
    • Financial savviness: 6
    • Stress: 14
    • Education level: 1

    Total: 240

    Pharmacists in Massachusetts have a couple of things to brag about—they rank first in both overall education level and health insurance coverage. With 96.8% of the population covered for medical insurance in 2016, nearly everyone in the state has access to their prescription medications. Overall crime statistics were low, including 12 pharmacy robberies reported in 2016.

    It’s a good thing that Bay State residents are so smart—being the fourth most expensive state in the country, residents have to know how to stretch a dollar, thus explaining their number six ranking in financial savviness. Unfortunately, pharmacists have to be a little extra savvy, because they make about $7,600 less than the national average, $114,600.

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