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Hospital Pharmacist Salary

On average, Hospital Pharmacists in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($106K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Work is enjoyable for Hospital Pharmacists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$77,879 - $123,054
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$43.96 - $60.28
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MEDIAN: $51.00
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$77,879 - $123,054  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,742  
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$85,584 - $126,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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$43.96 - $60.28  
   
Overtime
$19.52 - $89.39  
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$0.00 - $7,742  
   
Total Pay (?
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$85,584 - $126,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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Job Description for Hospital Pharmacist

A hospital pharmacist is a licensed pharmacist that works based in a hospital pharmacy providing services to patients registered within the hospital. To become a hospital pharmacist, a doctorate degree in pharmacy is required, and can take up to 8 years to complete. Licensing by the state board of pharmacy is also required to practice. The role of the hospital pharmacist is extensive. The hospital pharmacist obtains a list of medications taken at home from each patient, and compares each to currently prescribed medications during the hospital stay to prevent any drug interactions. The hospital pharmacist also educates patients regarding proper use and side effects of medications. The hospital pharmacist serves as a resource to medical staff for medication indications, dosages, side effects, and general prescribing information. The hospital pharmacist works in tandem with medical providers to implement and monitor pharmaceutical therapies, and evaluate patient responses to medications. The hospital pharmacist also supervises other pharmacy staff, such as pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants and pharmacy interns. The hospital pharmacist enters medication orders into the computer system, and either prepares the medication or assigns it to assistive personnel to prepare. The hospital pharmacist has the final role in reviewing each prescription and medication for accuracy before it leaves the pharmacy. Hospital pharmacists must be aware of and function within the means of state and federal laws and regulations. Working hours may vary, as hospital pharmacies are always open.


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 many Hospital Pharmacists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $100K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $107K. Hospital Pharmacists bring in $113K after working for 10 to 20 years. Hospital Pharmacists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $115K on average.

Experience Affects Hospital Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$106,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%