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.

$103,277 - $135,430
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MEDIAN: $117,279
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$44.04 - $62.32
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MEDIAN: $56.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$103,277 - $135,430  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
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$102,444 - $133,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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Hourly Rate
$44.04 - $62.32  
   
Overtime
$65.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
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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$102,444 - $133,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Pharmacy Specialist


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Many Clinical Pharmacy Specialists transition into upper-level roles like Clinical Pharmacist. However, Clinical Pharmacists do report a slightly lower median income of $105K per year.

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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.

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Experience Affects Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$118,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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