Clinical Pharmacist Salary

Salaries for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($112K) per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women Clinical Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$92,391 - $129,054
(Median)
$92K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $111,875
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$47.01 - $65.55
(Median)
$47
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$66
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$92,391 - $129,054  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
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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$95,189 - $134,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 613
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$47.01 - $65.55  
   
Overtime
$35.35 - $95.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
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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$95,189 - $134,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 448
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some Clinical Pharmacists do move on to become Pharmacy Directors. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $127K per year. As Clinical Pharmacists progress in their field, many go on to become Hospital Pharmacy Directors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $126K per year. Another common career choice for Clinical Pharmacists is to move into a Hospital Pharmacist role. Typically, Hospital Pharmacists get paid $104K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Pharmacist


Survey results suggest that Clinical Pharmacists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Infectious Disease, Pharmacotherapy, and Ambulatory Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency Medicine and Managed Care. Those proficient in Critical Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Pediatrics and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Clinical Pharmacists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $108K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $115K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $120K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $121K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,468

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

California cities Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco are lucrative areas for Clinical Pharmacists, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Detroit and Boston (6 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

Oncology
up arrow 3%

Infectious Disease
up arrow 3%

Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 1%

Critical Care
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Ambulatory Care
up arrow 1%

Geriatrics
0%

National Average
$113,000

Managed Care
up arrow 3%

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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