Pharmacist Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Pharmacists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $110K per year. In the world of Pharmacists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $83K and $136K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$73,290 - $132,626
$73K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,461
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$46.48 - $65.43
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MEDIAN: $56.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,290 - $132,626  
   
Bonus
$836 - $10,492  
Profit Sharing
$1,005 - $9,988  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$82,787 - $135,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,344
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.48 - $65.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$10.27 - $95.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$836 - $10,492  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,005 - $9,988  
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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$82,787 - $135,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,543

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Job Description for Pharmacist

Pharmacists work primarily for pharmacies and drugstores; however, hospitals and medical clinics may employ their own pharmacists to dispense drugs directly to patients. Pharmacists who work for hospitals must analyze both in-patient and out-patient medication, so close attention to detail is very important in this position to ensure the accuracy of filled prescriptions.

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Pharmacist Tasks

  • 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.
  • May collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review and evaluate patient effectiveness.
  • Educate patient on medication use, storage and side effects.
  • Solicit information from patients regarding past and current medication to prevent drug interactions.

Common Career Paths for Pharmacist


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Pharmacists who transition into new roles such as Pharmacy Director may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Pharmacy Director earns $129K per year. A Retail Pharmacist or a Pharmacist in Charge is a typical transition from a Pharmacist role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., and Rite Aid Pharmacy are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Pharmacists. Although Kaiser Permanente heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $129K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $81K to $181K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include CVS Caremark Corporation, The Kroger Company, and Safeway, Inc., where Pharmacists typically earn around $128K, $124K, or $124K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Kmart Corporation at $116K, and Walmart.com where $117K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Pharmacists there earn up to $150K.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Survey results imply that Pharmacists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Immunization, Pediatrics, Managed Care, and Add New: Hospital Pharmacy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include immunizations. Most people skilled in Hospital Education are similarly competent in Long Term Care and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacist

Pay by Experience for a Pharmacist has a positive trend. An entry-level Pharmacist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 3,070 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pharmacist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 1,207 salaries. An experienced Pharmacist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 1,211 salaries. A Pharmacist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $121,000 based on 1,174 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,212

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Pharmacists that is 6 percent greater than the national average, Phoenix offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Pharmacists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+6 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), and Dallas (+3 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and New York (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Pharmacist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Pharmacist?

Pharmacist in Woburn:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: It is great to work as a pharmacist in managed care. You get great benefits and your hours are steady.
Cons: Very stressful and very little pay.

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Key Stats for Pharmacist

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 360 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Pharmacist Salaries

▲5%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$115,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries

Immunization
▲9%

Pediatrics
▲5%


▲3%

Add New: Hospital Pharmacy
▲3%

Patient Counseling
▲1%

Long Term Care
▼0%

National Average
$115,000



▼1%

▼1%

Hospital
▼1%

▼2%

Mail Order Pharmacy
▼3%

immunizations
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 360 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 18%
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