Compensation for Pharmacists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($110K). Total cash compensation to Pharmacists varies from $83K to $135K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Pharmacists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$74,725 - $132,488
$75K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,321
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$46.42 - $65.30
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MEDIAN: $56.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,725 - $132,488  
   
Bonus
$878 - $10,278  
Profit Sharing
$1,011 - $10,304  
Total Pay (?
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$83,080 - $135,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,432
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.42 - $65.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.22  
Overtime
$12.14 - $95.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$878 - $10,278  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,011 - $10,304  
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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$83,080 - $135,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,554

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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

  • 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.
  • May collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review and evaluate patient effectiveness.
  • Educate patient on medication use, storage and side effects.
  • Solicit information from patients regarding past and current medication to prevent drug interactions.

Common Career Paths for Pharmacist


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As Pharmacists make advancements in their career path to positions such as Pharmacy Director, their salaries may climb. Pharmacy Directors make $129K annually on average. A Pharmacist often moves on to become a Retail Pharmacist or a Pharmacist in Charge.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Pharmacists include CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., and Rite Aid Pharmacy. CVS Caremark Corporation offers the best pay with a median salary of $128K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $102K and maxing out at just $142K. The Kroger Company, Rite Aid Corporation, and Safeway, Inc. also offer top salaries for Pharmacists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $124K, $124K, and $123K, respectively.

Kmart Corporation doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $116K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $132K and scope of pay is rather limited. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Express Scripts Incorporated at $116K, Omnicare, Inc at $117K, and Rite Aid Pharmacy, where $117K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Immunization, Pediatrics, Retail Pharmacy, and Managed Care are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like immunizations. The majority of those 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.


Pharmacists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $109K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $117K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $120K. 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 $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,120

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

Phoenix offers some of the highest pay in the country for Pharmacists, 7 percent above the national average. Pharmacists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+6 percent), San Francisco (+6 percent), Los Angeles (+5 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Employers in New York and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Pharmacist Reviews

Q: 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.

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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Key Stats for Pharmacist

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 344 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Pharmacist Salaries




National Average
$115,000


Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries

Immunization
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Pediatrics
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Managed Care
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Patient Counseling
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medication therapy management
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Long Term Care
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National Average
$115,000




Pharmacist
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Clinical Education
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Hospital
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immunizations
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 344 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
16%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

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