Clinical Pharmacist Salary (United States)

Clinical Pharmacist in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary—around $110,461 per year. Pay begins at $93,002 on the low end and climbs to $132,830 per year near the top. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $8,027 and $6,286, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $91,026 or peak near $127,126. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Most Clinical Pharmacists report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to 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 (?
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.
Compensation begins at $105K per year, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out in the field. Compensation is $118K after 10 to 20 years. For Clinical Pharmacists, two decades of experience in the field often means a drop in salary—average earnings fall to $117K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 23 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Atlanta
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National Average
$110,000
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Pittsburgh
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Clinical Pharmacists in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Clinical Pharmacists in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego are the best-paid American cities for Clinical Pharmacists, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Chicago (-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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