Salaries for Pharmacists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. Overall incomes of Pharmacists generally bottom out at around $83K and peak near $135K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Pharmacists (54 percent) survey respondents. Most Pharmacists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$75,673 - $132,106
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$76K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $109,935
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$46.30 - $65.10
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$46
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$65
MEDIAN: $56.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,673 - $132,106  
   
Bonus
$901 - $10,219  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $10,243  
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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$83,279 - $134,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,439
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.30 - $65.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.22  
Overtime
$12.14 - $94.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$901 - $10,219  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $10,243  
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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$83,279 - $134,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,571
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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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At the upper end, Pharmacists who move into a Pharmacy Director role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $128K per year. A Retail Pharmacist role is the most common promotion for Pharmacists moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $105K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Pharmacists is a Pharmacist in Charge position, where earnings are usually $116K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


Many Pharmacists can be found at CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., and Rite Aid Pharmacy, firms that are at the top of the field. With a median salary of $127K, CVS Caremark Corporation offers Pharmacists the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $103K and are capped at $141K. Also paying near the top of the field are The Kroger Company at $124K, Target Corporation at $124K, and Safeway, Inc., where Pharmacists annually earn $123K.

Employees at Omnicare, Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $115K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $99K and quickly nearing the top at only $137K. Walmart.com, Walgreen Co. and Walgreen's Pharmacy are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, all showing salaries around $117K.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Pharmacists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Immunization, Pediatrics, Add New: Hospital Pharmacy, and Retail Pharmacy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include immunizations. It is often found that people who know Hospital Education are also skilled 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.


Pharmacists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $109K per year. On average, Pharmacists make $120K following one to two decades on the job. Pharmacists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $114,855

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

For Pharmacists, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 7 percent greater than the national average. Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+6 percent), Phoenix (+6 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Miami and 5 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
$115,000


Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries

Immunization
up arrow 8%

Pediatrics
up arrow 6%

Retail Pharmacy
up arrow 3%

Add New: Hospital Pharmacy
up arrow 3%

Pharmacist
up arrow 1%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 1%

Long Term Care
0%

Compounding
0%

Managed Care
0%

National Average
$115,000

Hospital Education
up arrow 1%

Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 1%

Oncology
up arrow 1%

Clinical Education
up arrow 1%

Hospital
up arrow 2%

immunizations
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

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: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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