Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Salary
Salaries for Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($117K) per year. Most Clinical Pharmacy Specialists survey respondents are women (71 percent). Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Clinical pharmacy specialists are generally responsible for designing and brainstorming new educational programs and activities to help pharmaceutical employees expand their knowledge of clinical drugs. They may also occasionally be responsible for educating other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and health care providers about the clinical uses of a variety of medications.Read More...
When it comes to monitoring drugs and cost-containment activity, a clinical pharmacy specialist must ensure that all processes are running as smoothly as possible, usually in a pharmacy or other medical setting. They may provide pharmaceutical care to patients in assigned areas of a medical professional’s practice and will also provide information about drugs to the general public, as well as patients and their families. Experience with basic computer programs is also necessary for this position in order to submit information for storing or distribution.
A bachelor’s degree in pharmacology or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior work experience in a pharmacy is highly beneficial. Communication skills are also important, as much of the work depends on communication with both patients and medical professionals.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Tasks
- Communicate with caregivers and patients to ensure flow of information and safe drug administration.
- Check for interactions and problems, ensuring safety of patients.
- Review, prepare, dispense and document medications.
- Interact across departments to improve patient quality of care and drug safety.
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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $113K per year. For Clinical Pharmacy Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $122K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $121K.