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Clinical Pharmacist Salary

Generous salaries abound for Clinical Pharmacists in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. In the world of Clinical Pharmacists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $12K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $94K and $134K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. Most Clinical Pharmacists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$91,537 - $128,109
(Median)
$92K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,075
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$46.89 - $64.96
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$54
$65
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$91,537 - $128,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,100  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $11,745  
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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$94,446 - $134,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 571
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.89 - $64.96  
   
Overtime
$46.55 - $94.95  
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 - $8,100  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $11,745  
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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$94,446 - $134,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386

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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 suggest that Clinical Pharmacists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Pharmacotherapy, Infectious Disease, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Emergency Medicine and Ambulatory 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $107K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $114K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Pharmacists make a median salary of $119K. Clinical Pharmacists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Clinical Pharmacists, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Workers in New York and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Clinical Pharmacist Salaries




National Average
$112,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Pharmacist Salaries


Pharmacotherapy
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Pediatrics
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Infectious Disease
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Critical Care
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National Average
$112,000

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 134 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%
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