Hospital Pharmacist Salary

Hospital Pharmacists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $103K) surpassing six figures annually. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Hospital Pharmacists (51 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$78,163 - $123,823
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$78K
$100K
$120K
MEDIAN: $102,671
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$44.17 - $60.36
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$44
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MEDIAN: $51.00
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Salary
$78,163 - $123,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
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$86,615 - $127,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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Hourly Rate
$44.17 - $60.36  
   
Overtime
$19.32 - $88.95  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$86,615 - $127,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151

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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 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $101K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $107K. Hospital Pharmacists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $113K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $115K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$107,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%