Pharmacy Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.00 per hour. The vast majority (82 percent) of Pharmacy Assistants who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction for Pharmacy Assistants is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$21,140 - $73,533
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$21K
$31K
$74K
MEDIAN: $30,638
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$9.14 - $18.30
(Median)
$9
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$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$21,140 - $73,533  
   
Bonus
$200.00  
Total Pay (?
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$19,095 - $41,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $18.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$11.63 - $22.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$200.00  
   
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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$19,095 - $41,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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.

Common Career Paths for Pharmacy Assistant


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As Pharmacy Assistants make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Certified Pharmacy Technician position pays around the same amount as the Pharmacy Assistant job on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Assistant

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pharmacy Assistants make a median salary of $31K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $37K.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
up arrow 24%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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