Pharmacist Salary

Average pay for a Pharmacist in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $108K per year. Overall cash earnings for Pharmacists vary widely between $84K and $134K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Male Pharmacists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Pharmacists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$74,980 - $130,225
(Median)
$75K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $108,267
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$46.03 - $64.28
(Median)
$46
$56
$64
MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,980 - $130,225  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,588  
Profit Sharing
$518 - $10,077  
Commission
$750  
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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$83,973 - $133,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.03 - $64.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.61  
Overtime
$20.72 - $94.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,588  
   
Commission
$750  
Profit Sharing
$518 - $10,077  
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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$83,973 - $133,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,404
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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

  • 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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For Pharmacists who go on to become Pharmacy Directors, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Pharmacy Director earns $127K annually. The most common career progression for Pharmacists leads to becoming a Retail Pharmacist, where pay is typically $105K. However, many Pharmacists also opt to become Pharmacist in Charges, a position that pays $116K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


Many Pharmacists can be found at CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and CVS Caremark Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Pharmacists in search of the best pay head to Target Corporation, where the median salary rolls in at $122K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $141K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $95K. Other leaders in compensation levels are CVS Caremark Corporation at $122K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $122K, and Safeway, Inc., where Pharmacists annually earn $122K.

Employees at Omnicare, Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $107K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $95K and quickly nearing the top at only $130K. Employees at Express Scripts Incorporated, Publix Super Markets Inc, and Rite Aid Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $112K, $113K, and $113K.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Survey results imply that Pharmacists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Immunization, Retail Pharmacy, Retail, and Managed Care are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Mail Order Pharmacy and Hospital pharmacy. For most people, competency in Hospital Education indicates knowledge of 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 Pharmacists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $108K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $115K. Pharmacists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $118K. Pharmacists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $119K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,603

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

Surpassing the national average by 9 percent, Pharmacists in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+6 percent) and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is New York. Workers in Boston and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less).

Pharmacist Reviews

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.

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
$114,000


Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries

Immunization
up arrow 5%

Retail Pharmacy
up arrow 3%

Retail
up arrow 3%

Managed Care
up arrow 2%

Oncology
up arrow 1%

Hospital
up arrow 1%

Pharmacist
up arrow 1%

Pharmacotherapy
0%

Clinical Education
0%

National Average
$114,000

Hospital Education
up arrow 1%

Long Term Care
up arrow 1%

Compounding
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Hospital pharmacy
up arrow 4%

Mail Order Pharmacy
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 792 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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