Clinical Pharmacist Salary

Salaries for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. Total cash earnings of Clinical Pharmacists range from $95K on the low end to $134K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $12K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Clinical Pharmacists is high. More than half of Clinical Pharmacists (60 percent) survey participants are women. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$92,183 - $128,312
(Median)
$92K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,712
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$46.83 - $65.02
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$65
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$92,183 - $128,312  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,063  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $11,836  
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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$94,950 - $133,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 567
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.83 - $65.02  
   
Overtime
$47.38 - $95.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,063  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $11,836  
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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$94,950 - $133,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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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.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Pharmacist


Survey results show that Clinical Pharmacists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Pharmacotherapy, Infectious Disease, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Emergency Medicine and Managed Care. For most people, competency in Critical Care indicates knowledge of Pediatrics and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacist

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


Clinical Pharmacists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $107K. For Clinical Pharmacists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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


There's tons of opportunity for Clinical Pharmacists in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco all offer salaries above the national rate. In Pittsburgh, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Houston (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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Ambulatory Care
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Emergency Medicine
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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