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Pharmacist Salary

Compensation for Pharmacists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($112K). Total incomes of Pharmacists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $9K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $81K and $133K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Pharmacists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$69,948 - $128,134
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MEDIAN: $105,792
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$45.14 - $63.77
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MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,948 - $128,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,841  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $9,922  
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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$81,402 - $132,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,955
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$45.14 - $63.77  
   
Overtime
$15.29 - $94.50  
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,841  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $9,922  
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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$81,402 - $132,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,149
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Job Description for Pharmacist

Pharmacists are trained health professionals who work with a variety of prescribed and over-the-counter medications each day. A pharmacist is required to properly handle medications to ensure patient safety and dosage requirements that have been ordered and prescribed by the patient's doctor. Pharmacists frequently interact with patients and answer any questions or concerns related to the medication that is being prescribed to them. It is also the pharmacist's responsibility to understand the laws about each type of medication that is being prescribed to be aware of any potential liability from selling the medication to an underage patient or distributing a medication that is not legal for purchase at the time. Abiding by all federal and state laws when distributing any type of medication is required for all pharmacists.

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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 Pharmacist


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Pharmacists may enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Pharmacy Director. The position pays $125K on average annually. Pharmacists go on to become Retail Pharmacists more often than anything even though typical pay for the role is $105K. Pharmacists who move into a Pharmacist in Charge role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $116K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


Dominating the field, CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, CVS Caremark Corporation, and Walgreen Co. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Pharmacists. With a median salary of $122K, CVS Caremark Corporation offers Pharmacists the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $99K and are capped at $138K. Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries at Safeway, Inc. (+$121K), CVS / Pharmacy (+$120K), and Target Corporation (+$120K).

Omnicare, Inc doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $102K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $114K and scope of pay is rather limited. Rite Aid Corporation, Kmart Corporation and Express Scripts Incorporated are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $113K, $113K, and $114K.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Pharmacists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Add New: Hospital Pharmacy, Manager, Oncology, and Retail are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include clinical. Most people skilled in Hospital Education are similarly competent in Long Term Care and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Pharmacists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $106K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $114K. Pharmacists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $117K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $118K.

Pay Difference by Location


Pharmacists will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 10 percent. Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+4 percent) and Denver (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Boston, 9 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Chicago (9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Pharmacist Reviews

What is it like working as a Pharmacist at Express Scripts Incorporated?

Pharmacist in Fishers:
"Relaxed atmosphere, overly complicated process."
Pros: Friendly coworkers, low stress environment, respectful management, good company culture.
Cons: Dissatisfied customers, very complex computer system, poor training program, lack of opportunity for advancement, knowledge in current position does not translate to my career overall.

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Experience Affects Pharmacist Salaries




National Average
$112,000


Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries


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Manager
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Retail
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Retail Pharmacy
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Immunization
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Hospital
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Clinical Education
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National Average
$112,000

Hospital Education
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Long Term Care
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Compounding
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Pediatrics
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Hospital pharmacy
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clinical
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 699 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%