Hospital Pharmacist Salary

Compensation for Hospital Pharmacists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($103K). Most Hospital Pharmacists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Hospital Pharmacists (54 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$77,534 - $123,916
(Median)
$78K
$100K
$120K
MEDIAN: $103,131
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$44.42 - $60.97
(Median)
$44
$52
$61
MEDIAN: $52.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,534 - $123,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,153  
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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$86,170 - $127,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$44.42 - $60.97  
   
Overtime
$6.30 - $90.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,153  
   
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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$86,170 - $127,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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.

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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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $102K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hospital Pharmacists make a median salary of $112K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $115K on average.

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Experience Affects Hospital Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$108,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%
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