Nuclear Pharmacist Salary
Nuclear Pharmacists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $111K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of Nuclear Pharmacists are male. Nuclear Pharmacists largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Job Description for Nuclear Pharmacist
Nuclear pharmacists prepare radiopharmaceuticals for medical providers who then administer these medicines for therapeutic use, often to attempt to cure cancer. These pharmacists combine various radioactive compounds to prepare medicines and compounds which must be tested using quality control methods, so close attention to detail is important in this position so that medicines are always combined in the correct manner.Read More...
Hazardous materials are used in this position, so it's essential that laws and regulations regarding the preparation of this medicine are followed at all times. Although nuclear pharmacists do not usually interact with end-users, customer service skills are beneficial in order to work with clients, and communication skills are also important in order to advise physicians, technicians, and others in the medical field. The equipment and tools used in this position must be checked via preventive and periodic maintenance to ensure that they are working correctly, and they may also have inventory and ordering duties. Complete and accurate documentation must also be kept.
Nuclear pharmacists may need public speaking skills to train employees in radiation safety, and a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and certification as a nuclear pharmacist are minimum requirements for this position; a doctorate degree in pharmacy is often preferred.
Nuclear Pharmacist Tasks
- Provide radiopharmacy services to nuclear medicine and other medical services.
- Ensure safety, testing and quality precautions are followed while compounding and dispensing products.
- Perform a combination of clinical and distributive radiopharmacy services.
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Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Pharmacist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Nuclear Pharmacists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $108K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $114K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $126K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $134K.