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Clinical Pharmacist Salary

Salaries for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. Final cash compensation to Clinical Pharmacists varies from around $93K to approximately $133K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women Clinical Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Pharmacists. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$90,866 - $127,971
(Median)
$91K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $108,986
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$45.74 - $64.26
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$46
$54
$64
MEDIAN: $53.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$90,866 - $127,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,973  
Profit Sharing
$401.34 - $6,389  
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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$92,895 - $133,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 566
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$45.74 - $64.26  
   
Overtime
$35.89 - $96.46  
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 - $7,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$401.34 - $6,389  
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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$92,895 - $133,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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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


Clinical Pharmacists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Pharmacotherapy, Pediatrics, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Most people who know Critical Care also know Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $105K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $113K. Clinical Pharmacists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $118K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Clinical Pharmacists. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego all offering salaries above the national rate. The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Boston and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 7 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Clinical Pharmacist Salaries




National Average
$111,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Pharmacist Salaries


Pharmacotherapy
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Pediatrics
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Critical Care
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National Average
$111,000

Managed Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%