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Clinical Pharmacist Salary (United States)

Salaries for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. In the world of Clinical Pharmacists, total cash compensation can vary between $93K and $133K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $6K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all employees, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Clinical Pharmacists (58 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Pharmacists. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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
(Median)
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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  
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 (?
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 - $8,027  
   
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  
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

Survey results imply that Clinical Pharmacists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Pharmacotherapy, Critical Care, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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 $105K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $118K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $117K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just over one in five 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 nearly one-seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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Denver
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Washington
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Seattle
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Atlanta
0%
National Average
$110,000
Dallas
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Houston
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Baltimore
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Chicago
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Boston
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Pittsburgh
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For Clinical Pharmacists, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego are known as the cities with the best salaries for Clinical Pharmacists. Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Boston and Chicago (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, 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%