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Pharmacist Salary

Pharmacists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $107K annually. In the world of Pharmacists, total cash compensation can vary between $83K and $133K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Men working as Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Pharmacists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,659 - $128,913
(Median)
$73K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $106,869
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$45.57 - $64.04
(Median)
$46
$56
$64
MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,659 - $128,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,338  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $10,045  
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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$82,588 - $133,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$45.57 - $64.04  
   
Overtime
$21.54 - $94.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,338  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $10,045  
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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$82,588 - $133,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,548
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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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For Pharmacists who go on to become Pharmacy Directors, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Pharmacy Director earns $126K annually. The most common promotion for Pharmacists is a Retail Pharmacist position, which usually brings in $106K a year. Another standard transition for Pharmacists seeking advancement is to assume a Pharmacist in Charge role, where pay is often $116K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


Pharmacists fill the offices of leading firms CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, CVS Caremark Corporation, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Although the highest salaries can be found at Target Corporation where median pay is $122K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $94K and $141K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include CVS Caremark Corporation, Safeway, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where Pharmacists typically earn around $122K, $122K, or $122K, respectively.

Employees at Omnicare, Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $104K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $94K and quickly nearing the top at only $124K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Express Scripts Incorporated at $111K, Publix Super Markets Inc at $113K, and Rite Aid Corporation, where $114K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Add New: Hospital Pharmacy, Manager, Oncology, and Immunizer are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $107K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $114K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $117K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $118K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Pharmacists, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+7 percent) and Los Angeles (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boston, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers in New York and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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
$113,000


Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries

Add New: Hospital Pharmacy
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Manager
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Retail Pharmacy
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Oncology
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Retail
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Immunizer
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Pharmacotherapy
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Immunization
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Hospital
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Clinical Education
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Long Term Care
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National Average
$113,000

Hospital Education
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Compounding
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Pediatrics
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Hospital pharmacy
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 712 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

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: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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