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). In the world of Clinical Pharmacists, total cash compensation can vary between $95K and $134K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $12K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. There are more female Clinical Pharmacists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 60 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$92,187 - $128,245

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$46.92 - $65.08

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$92,187 - $128,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,982  
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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$94,941 - $133,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 581
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.92 - $65.08  
   
Overtime
$47.27 - $95.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,982  
   
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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$94,941 - $133,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 393
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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. A Hospital Pharmacy Director role is the most common promotion for Clinical Pharmacists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $125K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Clinical Pharmacists is a Hospital Pharmacist position, where earnings are usually $104K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Pharmacist


Clinical Pharmacists seem to require a number of specific skills. 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, Ambulatory Care, and Managed Care. 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.


Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $107K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $119K. Clinical Pharmacists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clinical Pharmacists, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Boston and 5 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Clinical Pharmacist Salaries




National Average
$113,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Pharmacist Salaries

Oncology
up arrow 4%

Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 3%

Critical Care
up arrow 2%

Infectious Disease
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$113,000

Managed Care
up arrow 3%

Ambulatory Care
up arrow 4%

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 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
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%
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