Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Salary
Generous salaries abound for Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. Residence 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. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Female Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Job Description for Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Clinical pharmacy specialists are responsible for the pharmaceutical care of patients within a patient care team, as well as drug therapy, control/analysis of prescriptions, drug monitoring, and remediation of any adverse side effects. These specialists also provide advice regarding medication safety and practices within the organization and ensure that employees follow all established policies and procedures within the department, as well as all state and federal regulations. Other duties include counseling patients, providing basic patient care services, participating in developing policies and procedures, and serving as a mentor to pharmacy residents, students, and interns.Read More...
These specialists should be independent and able to work without supervision, and they are expected to communicate regularly with physicians, nurses, and other support staff regarding medication issues, as well as maintain relationships with local colleges of pharmacy. They may also serve an advisory role for both patients and staff to ensure the fullest understanding of medications and proper drug treatments.
A degree in pharmacy and prior experience as a registered pharmacist are generally required for this position, and computer skills are also necessary. Clinical pharmacy specialists are expected to stay up-to-date with all current pharmaceutical practices, and they typically work full-time within hospitals, pharmacies, universities, or care-giving facilities.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Tasks
- Review, prepare, dispense and document medications.
- Interact across departments to improve patient quality of care and drug safety.
- Communicate with caregivers and patients to ensure flow of information and safe drug administration.
- Check for interactions and problems, ensuring safety of patients.
Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $117K per year. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $124K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $121K.
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