Clinical Pharmacist Salary

Median pay for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States comes out to approximately $116K annually, but employers in San Diego pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $136K. Clinical Pharmacists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Portland (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$97,327 - $134,862
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MEDIAN: $115,730
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$48.06 - $67.17
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MEDIAN: $55.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$97,327 - $134,862  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $18,062  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$98,539 - $139,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 490
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$48.06 - $67.17  
   
Overtime
$29.58 - $100.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,021 - $18,062  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$98,539 - $139,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 348

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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

  • 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.
  • May collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review and evaluate patient effectiveness.
  • Educate patient on medication use, storage and side effects.
  • Solicit information from patients regarding past and current medication to prevent drug interactions.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Pharmacist


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Clinical Pharmacists may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Pharmacy Director, which pays $129K on average annually. The most common career progression for Clinical Pharmacists leads to becoming a Hospital Pharmacy Director, where average pay is $127K annually. However, many Clinical Pharmacists also opt to become Hospital Pharmacists. Typically, a Hospital Pharmacist brings home $104K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Pharmacist


Clinical Pharmacists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Infectious Disease, Ambulatory Care, Managed Care, and Cardiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Emergency Medicine. The majority of those who know Critical Care also know Pediatrics and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacist

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Pharmacist has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Pharmacist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 428 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Pharmacist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 252 salaries. An experienced Clinical Pharmacist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 159 salaries. A Clinical Pharmacist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 98 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $116,593

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Key Stats for Clinical Pharmacist

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Clinical Pharmacist Salaries

▲7%

▲6%

▲1%

National Average
$117,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Clinical Pharmacist Salaries

Infectious Disease
▲7%

▲4%

Ambulatory Care
▲4%

▲3%

Cardiology
▲3%

▲2%


Critical Care
▼0%

National Average
$117,000

Anticoagulation
▼1%

Geriatrics
▼2%

Emergency Medicine
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 11%
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