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Entry-Level Pharmacist Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Pharmacists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($105K) annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Entry-Level Pharmacists generally range from $66K to $127K depending on individual performance. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Pharmacists (52 percent). The majority of Entry-Level Pharmacists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Pharmacist Salary (?
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$58,765 - $123,056
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $100,991
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Entry-Level Pharmacist Salary (?
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$40.89 - $61.75
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $53.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,765 - $123,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,741  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $9,978  
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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$65,650 - $127,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,569
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$40.89 - $61.75  
   
Overtime
$20.41 - $93.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,741  
   
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $9,978  
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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$65,650 - $127,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 800
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Pharmacist

Entry-Level Pharmacists flock to CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, CVS Caremark Corporation, and Walgreen Co., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. CVS Caremark Corporation offers the largest salaries in town ($117K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $59K to $139K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider C.V.S., CVS / Pharmacy, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Pharmacists rake in a very impressive $116K, $115K, or $115K, respectively.
Offering a median of only $102K, Walgreen Co. pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees tend to make $57K on the lower end and $126K on the higher end. Also approaching the lower end are The Kroger Company at $106K, Rite Aid Corporation at $107K, and Rite Aid Pharmacy at $113K.

Pay Difference By Location

Minneapolis
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St. Louis
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$105,000
Philadelphia
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New York
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Seattle
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Baltimore
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Houston
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Miami
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Dallas
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Chicago
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Indianapolis
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Boston
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Orlando
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Pittsburgh
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For Entry-Level Pharmacists, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+2 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Workers in Orlando and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Pharmacist Salaries

Oncology
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Long Term Care
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$105,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%