Pharmacist Salary

Compensation for Pharmacists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($108K). Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Pharmacists can bottom out at $84K or peak near $134K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. 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. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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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Pharmacists who become Pharmacy Directors position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $127K per year. As Pharmacists progress in their field, many go on to become Retail Pharmacists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $105K. Another common career choice for Pharmacists is to move into a Pharmacist in Charge role — this promotion usually pays $116K.

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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 big spenders include CVS Caremark Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Safeway, Inc., top-paying firms where Pharmacists see paychecks nearing $122K, $122K, or $122K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Omnicare, Inc — median pay is $107K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $95K and only reaching $130K. Workers at Express Scripts Incorporated, Publix Super Markets Inc, and Rite Aid Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $112K, $113K, and $113K respectively.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Pharmacists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Immunization, Retail Pharmacy, Retail, and Managed Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Mail Order Pharmacy and Hospital pharmacy. Most people familiar with Hospital Education also know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $108K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pharmacists make a median salary of $118K. Pharmacists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $119K.

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). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Boston and Miami.

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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