Pharmacist Salary

Pharmacists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $111K annually. Cash earnings of Pharmacists can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $83K to almost $136K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Pharmacists (54 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$74,062 - $132,595
$74K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,507
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$46.24 - $65.34
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MEDIAN: $56.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,062 - $132,595  
   
Bonus
$882 - $10,402  
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $10,391  
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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$82,806 - $135,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,251
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.24 - $65.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.22  
Overtime
$10.32 - $95.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$882 - $10,402  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $10,391  
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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$82,806 - $135,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,444
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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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For Pharmacists who go on to become Pharmacy Directors, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Pharmacy Director earns $129K annually. A Pharmacist may also move into a role as a Retail Pharmacist or a Pharmacist in Charge.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., and Rite Aid Pharmacy are among the top companies that take on many Pharmacists. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $129K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $81K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $181K. Also paying near the top of the field are CVS Caremark Corporation at $128K, The Kroger Company at $124K, and Safeway, Inc., where Pharmacists annually earn $124K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Kmart Corporation at $116K, and Walmart.com where $117K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Pharmacists there earn up to $150K.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Pharmacists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Immunization, Pediatrics, Managed Care, and Add New: Hospital Pharmacy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


For Pharmacists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $109K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $118K. 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: $115,162

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

With a pay rate for Pharmacists that is 6 percent greater than the national average, Phoenix offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Pharmacists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+6 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), and Dallas (+3 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Boston and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 4 percent less, 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.

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Key Stats for Pharmacist

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 332 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Pharmacist Salaries

▲5%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$115,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries

Immunization
▲9%

Pediatrics
▲5%


▲3%

Add New: Hospital Pharmacy
▲3%

Patient Counseling
▲1%

Long Term Care
▼0%

National Average
$115,000



▼1%

▼1%

Hospital
▼1%

▼2%

Mail Order Pharmacy
▼3%

immunizations
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 332 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: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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