Clinical Pharmacist Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $112K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Clinical Pharmacists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Clinical Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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. 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 $126K 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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 educated in Critical Care tend to be well versed 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $108K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $115K. Clinical Pharmacists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $120K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,468

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

For Clinical Pharmacists, top-notch salaries can be found in California: Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Detroit and 5 percent less in Boston, 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 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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