Clinical Pharmacist Salary (United States)

Compensation for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($110,461). Pay ranges from $93,002 on the low end to $132,830 per year on the higher side. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Women Clinical Pharmacists just slightly outnumber men in the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Clinical Pharmacist Salary (?
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$91,026 - $127,126
(Median)
91K
MEDIAN: $108,413
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Clinical Pharmacist Salary (?
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$45.67 - $63.93
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MEDIAN: $53.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$91,026 - $127,126  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
Profit Sharing
$404.06 - $6,286  
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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$93,002 - $132,830  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$45.67 - $63.93  
   
Overtime
$35.61 - $95.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$404.06 - $6,286  
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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$93,002 - $132,830  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Oncology and Pharmacotherapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent respectively. Most people experienced in Critical Care also know Pediatrics and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks upon entering the field—$105K per year is the typical starting salary. Earnings total $118K after one to two decades. After 20 years on the job, salaries actually take a dive for Clinical Pharmacists, averaging around $117K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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San Diego
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Denver
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Atlanta
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National Average
$110,000
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Houston
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Pittsburgh
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Clinical Pharmacists can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego represent the three top-paying cities for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States. The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Employers in Boston and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-6 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Pharmacist Salaries

National Average
$110,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Pharmacist Salaries

Oncology
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Pharmacotherapy
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Critical Care
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$110,000
Managed Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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