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Pharmacist Salary

Salaries for Pharmacists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $9K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Pharmacists spread between $82K and $133K depending on individual performance. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level 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 51 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Pharmacists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$72,198 - $128,855
(Median)
$72K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $106,734
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$45.59 - $64.06
(Median)
$46
$56
$64
MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,198 - $128,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,720  
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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$82,434 - $133,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$45.59 - $64.06  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $94.77  
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 - $8,720  
   
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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$82,434 - $133,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,507

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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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As Pharmacists make advancements in their career path to positions such as Pharmacy Director, their salaries may climb. Pharmacy Directors make $126K annually on average. A Retail Pharmacist role is the most common promotion for Pharmacists moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $106K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Pharmacists is a Pharmacist in Charge position, where earnings are usually $116K.

Pharmacist Job Listings

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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. Pay for Pharmacists is best at Target Corporation, which offers a median salary of $122K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $93K to $141K. Soaring salaries can also be found at CVS Caremark Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Safeway, Inc., where earnings of $122K, $122K, or $122K are standard for Pharmacists.

With a median salary of $104K, Omnicare, Inc provides Pharmacists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $124K, limiting employee salary growth. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Express Scripts Incorporated ($113K), Publix Super Markets Inc ($113K), and Kmart Corporation ($114K).

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Pharmacists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 experienced in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $107K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $114K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $117K in this role. 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 $118K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Pharmacists, 9 percent higher than the national average. Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+6 percent) and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Indianapolis (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.

Related Job Salaries

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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
up arrow 5%

Retail Pharmacy
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Retail
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Immunizer
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Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 3%

Immunization
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Clinical Education
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Long Term Care
0%

Hospital
0%

National Average
$113,000

Hospital Education
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Compounding
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
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Hospital pharmacy
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 709 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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