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Hospital Pharmacy Buyer Salary (United States)

A Hospital Pharmacy Buyer earns an average wage of $18.17 per hour. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Hospital Pharmacy Buyer Salary (?
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$34,004 - $55,377
(Median)
34K
51K
MEDIAN: $41,492
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Hospital Pharmacy Buyer Salary (?
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$14.24 - $23.54
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$34,004 - $55,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $998  
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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$30,241 - $53,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.24 - $23.54  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $33.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $998  
   
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).
)
$30,241 - $53,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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Job Description for Hospital Pharmacy Buyer

Hospital pharmacy buyers are typically employed by hospitals and are responsible for making sure their pharmacy has an adequate supply of necessary drugs and medications. The buyers are responsible for knowing which drugs are needed most often and for making sure the hospital has enough on hand. They make new orders and oversee the processing and distribution of each order once a shipment arrives. Hospital pharmacy buyers may also be responsible for setting medication prices and will typically also negotiate with suppliers to obtain the best purchase price and delivery time while working within the hospital's budget constraints. They are required to keep the pharmacy organized and easily accessible to the pharmacists on staff. Hospital pharmacy buyers work and interact with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, hospital management staff, vendors and suppliers. They stay abreast of industry trends, new drugs, price changes and other current events that affect the medical industry. Their work is mostly mental as opposed to physical and consists of a lot of clerical and paper work. Accurate record keeping skills are key. Hospital pharmacy buyers work indoors in a medical setting and usually keep normal business hours Monday through Friday. A bachelor's degree is recommended, but some hospitals may hire pharmacy buyers with a two year business certification. Prior experience in a hospital management setting is usually a plus to be considered for this job.
Hospital Pharmacy Buyer Tasks
  • Monitor and analyze pricing and adherence to contracts.
  • Negotiate with vendors to obtain optimum service and price.
  • Ensure inventory supply, order processing and distribution of pharmaceuticals and supplies.

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Experience Affects Hospital Pharmacy Buyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$39,000
Experienced
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%