Pharmacist Salary

Salaries for Pharmacists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. In the world of Pharmacists, total cash compensation can vary between $82K and $133K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $9K and $10K, respectively. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Pharmacists is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Pharmacists making up 51 percent of survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$71,634 - $128,762
(Median)
$72K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $106,577
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$45.42 - $63.94
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$45
$56
$64
MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,634 - $128,762  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,983  
Profit Sharing
$496.08 - $9,851  
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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$82,177 - $133,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$45.42 - $63.94  
   
Overtime
$21.21 - $94.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,983  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.08 - $9,851  
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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$82,177 - $133,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,418

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


Many Pharmacists can be found at CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, CVS Caremark Corporation, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. With a median salary of $122K, CVS Caremark Corporation offers Pharmacists the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $100K and are capped at $137K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Safeway, Inc., and Target Corporation, top-paying firms where Pharmacists rake in a very impressive $122K, $122K, or $121K, respectively.

Pay for Pharmacists is the lowest at Omnicare, Inc, which has a median salary of $103K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $129K. Express Scripts Incorporated, Publix Super Markets Inc and Kmart Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $113K, $113K, and $114K.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Survey takers working as Pharmacists report using a large range of professional skills. 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. 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.


For Pharmacists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $107K on average. Pharmacists bring in $117K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $118K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 6 percent, Pharmacists in Phoenix receive some of the highest pay in the country. Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+5 percent) and Denver (+4 percent). Boston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Employers pay around 7 percent less in New York and 6 percent less in Miami, 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
$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
0%

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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%