Pharmacy Assistant Salary

Median pay for Pharmacy Assistants in the United States is around $12.12 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pharmacy Assistants. Female Pharmacy Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,178 - $61,277
(Median)
$23K
$30K
$61K
MEDIAN: $30,201
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$8.37 - $19.86
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,178 - $61,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
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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$17,829 - $42,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.37 - $19.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
   
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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$17,829 - $42,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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Job Description for Pharmacy Assistant

Pharmacy assistants are responsible for assisting licensed pharmacists with various administrative duties within pharmacies. Generally, these assistants work hours which are commensurate with the hours of the pharmacy, which may include overnight or weekend shifts on occasion. Although they work with pharmacists, and other technicians and assistants, formal education is not generally required; however, those with training and prior experience within a pharmacy may be preferred by some employers. Prior customer service and clerical experience is highly beneficial, as well.

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Pharmacy Assistant Tasks

  • Accept prescriptions for filling, gathering and processing necessary information.
  • Assist pharmacists and technicians with customer service.
  • Receive, store and inventory pharmacy supplies within specified guidelines.
  • Performs clerical support; answers telephone inquiries, files, compiles and maintains prescription records and database.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $25K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $33K on average. For Pharmacy Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. Pharmacy Assistants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $42K.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Mid-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 31%
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