Hospital Pharmacist Salary
Average Hospital Pharmacists in the United States make around $53.43 per hour. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Hospital Pharmacists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Hospital Pharmacist
Hospital pharmacists dispense medicines in a hospital environment. In some positions, they make rounds in order to dispense medicine to in-patients, and it is also common to prepare solutions for things such as IVs and chemotherapy. If changes in patients' conditions are noticed, these pharmacists will have the discretion to relay them to the patient’s medical provider. It is important to be able to communicate clearly with other medical staff so that the best care can be administered, and medical professionals should always be informed about medication details as soon as possible.Read More...
Strong communication skills are important in this position in order to explain terms in an understandable manner to patients. Hospital pharmacists should also be able to explain the use, dosage amounts, and allergy/side effect information to patients. Basic computer skills are necessary in order to carry out tasks such as data entry to enter patient and dispensing information. It is also important to be proficient with both manual and automated dispensing techniques.
All duties should be carried out in accordance with local and federal laws and regulations for pharmaceutical practices and the employer. Both part-time and full-time positions are available; hours may vary, and late-night or weekend hours may occasionally be required, as this work is carried out in a hospital environment where pharmacists are always needed. Some employers will accept those with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, while others require a doctorate degree.
Hospital Pharmacist Tasks
- 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.
- May collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review and evaluate patient effectiveness.
- Educate patient on medication use, storage and side effects.
- Solicit information from patients regarding past and current medication to prevent drug interactions.
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Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Pharmacist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $104K per year. Hospital Pharmacists bring in $123K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $122K.
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