Clinical Pharmacist Salary

Average pay for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($111K). Cash earnings for Clinical Pharmacists — including $8K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $95K to $134K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Clinical Pharmacists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Clinical Pharmacists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 60 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$91,869 - $128,411
(Median)
$92K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,518
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$46.96 - $65.30
(Median)
$47
$54
$65
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$91,869 - $128,411  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,081  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$94,888 - $134,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 568
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.96 - $65.30  
   
Overtime
$47.60 - $95.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$94,888 - $134,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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Job Description for Clinical Pharmacist

A clinical pharmacist typically is in charge of providing services to the division director, such as assisting with continuing education programs for pharmacy students, health care services, or medical staff. A clinical pharmacist also advises physicians on drug usage and dose control in hospitals/clinics as well. Specifically, a clinical pharmacist must advise physicians on any and all dangers of various drugs, list their side effects, and help them determine the correct dosages for the patient. Additionally, a clinical pharmacist normally coordinates the pharmacy technician’s duties, such as labeling/delivering various medications or supplies, making sure drugs are recorded and delivered, and preparing of drugs. Sometimes, a clinical pharmacist must serve in a mentorship role through means such as training pharmacy residents in practical/theoretical knowledge and facilitating direct, supervised experience. In some instances, a clinical pharmacist must attend various seminars, conventions, and conferences.

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Clinical Pharmacist Tasks

  • Educate patient on medication use, storage and side effects.
  • Solicit information from patients regarding past and current medication to prevent drug interactions.
  • May collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review and evaluate patient effectiveness.
  • Analyze prescribing trends to monitor patient compliance and to prevent excessive usage or harmful interactions.
  • Dispense and review prescriptions to ensure accuracy, and compliance with professional, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Pharmacist


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As Clinical Pharmacists make advancements in their career path to positions such as Pharmacy Director, their salaries may climb. Pharmacy Directors make $126K annually on average. As Clinical Pharmacists progress in their field, many go on to become Hospital Pharmacy Directors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $125K per year. Another common career choice for Clinical Pharmacists is to move into a Hospital Pharmacist role. Typically, Hospital Pharmacists get paid $104K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Pharmacist


Clinical Pharmacists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Pharmacotherapy, Infectious Disease, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Emergency Medicine and Managed Care. Those familiar with Critical Care also tend to know Pediatrics and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $107K. Clinical Pharmacists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $119K. Clinical Pharmacists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clinical Pharmacists, California means bigger paychecks — those in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco earn more than Clinical Pharmacists in the rest of the country. With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Boston (8 percent lower) and Baltimore (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Clinical Pharmacist Salaries




National Average
$113,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Pharmacist Salaries


Pharmacotherapy
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Critical Care
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Infectious Disease
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$113,000

Managed Care
up arrow 3%

Ambulatory Care
up arrow 3%

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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