Hospital Staff Pharmacist Salary
The average Hospital Staff Pharmacist in the United States earns approximately $52.23 per hour. For the most part, Hospital Staff Pharmacists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Hospital Staff Pharmacists making up 56 percent of survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while a little over a half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Job Description for Hospital Staff Pharmacist
A hospital staff pharmacist provides pharmacy services for inpatients and outpatients of a hospital. The staff pharmacist may interact directly with customers who are able to physically approach the pharmacy, but he or she does not always interact directly with patients who are staying at the hospital. Instead, the pharmacist will work with nurses and doctors in order to administer the needed medicine for the patient.Read More...
The pharmacist may mix medicines that are needed for neonatal care, IV solutions, and complex nutrition situations. The pharmacist may sometimes make rounds with medical staff in order to gain a better understanding of individual patient needs and to monitor patient reactions to medicines. Vast knowledge of the medicine available is important for the hospital staff pharmacist to possess. The pharmacist may sometimes make decisions as to certain brands and types of medicines that are to be purchased, making the job of a hospital staff pharmacist a key to patients’ health.
The preparation of medicine is often done individually, but teamwork is also important, since the pharmacist works with various medical staff. Strong mathematical skills are needed, in order to ensure accuracy in the dispensing of medicine. Record-keeping skills are important, as the pharmacist will have to make updates to patient records and will need to consult the necessary patient records to make decisions. A hospital staff pharmacist is generally expected to have graduated from an accredited pharmacy school and have a bachelor’s of science in pharmacy. Current state licensing should usually be obtained prior to being hired.
Hospital Staff 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.
Common Career Paths for Hospital Staff Pharmacist
As Hospital Staff Pharmacists make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Pharmacist in Charge position pays around the same amount as the Hospital Staff Pharmacist job on average. Many Hospital Staff Pharmacists go on to become Hospital Pharmacists or Clinical Staff Pharmacists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Staff Pharmacist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $101K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $112K. For Hospital Staff Pharmacists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $110K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $118K on average.
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