Hospital Pharmacist Salary
Pay for Hospital Pharmacists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $53.50 per hour. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. The majority of Hospital Pharmacists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to 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
- 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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Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Pharmacist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Hospital Pharmacists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $104K per year. For Hospital Pharmacists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $122K. Hospital Pharmacists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.