Entry-Level Pharmacist Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Pharmacists see excellent average salaries—about $105,407 annually. Cash earnings—including $9,741 in bonuses and $9,978 profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $58,765 to $123,056 depending on individual performance. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Entry-Level Pharmacists making up 52 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Entry-Level Pharmacist Salary (?
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$58,765 - $123,056
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MEDIAN: $100,991
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Entry-Level Pharmacist Salary (?
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$40.89 - $61.75
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 800
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Pharmacist

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Pharmacists include CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, CVS Caremark Corporation, and Walgreen Co. For Entry-Level Pharmacists, comfortable salaries can be found at CVS Caremark Corporation; in fact, typical earnings are around $117,426, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($59K versus $139K) is great. Other leaders in compensation levels are C.V.S. at $115,666, CVS / Pharmacy at $115,199, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where Entry-Level Pharmacists annually earn $114,985.
Walgreen Co. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $101,949—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $57K while workers on the upper end may rake in $126K. The Kroger Company and Rite Aid Corporation are other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $106,310 and $107,402.

Pay Difference By Location

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Entry-Level Pharmacists will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 11 percent. Entry-Level Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+2 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Orlando and Boston earn less than others in this profession; their -7 percent and -5 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Pharmacist Salaries

Oncology
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Long Term Care
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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%
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