A Pharmacy Assistant earns an average wage of $10.65 per hour. Experience strongly influences income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
Pharmacy Assistant Total Pay (?
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$23,553 - $64,111
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MEDIAN: $30,701
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Pharmacy Assistant Total Pay (?
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$7.83 - $18.16
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$23,553 - $64,111  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$16,652 - $41,797  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.83 - $18.16  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$16,652 - $41,797  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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Job Description for Pharmacy Assistant
A pharmacy assistant is an unlicensed assistive personnel employed in a pharmacy setting. Pharmacy assistants are employed in retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and mail-order pharmacy settings. No formal training or certification is required to be employed as a pharmacy assistant. Employers generally require a high school diploma and provide on-the-job training programs. Employees with access to prescription medications are usually required to pass a background check and urine drug screening prior to employment. A pharmacy assistant assists the pharmacist and pharmacy technician. Daily duties include accepting new prescriptions from patients and obtaining personal information needed to fill a prescription. The pharmacy assistant may answer phones (including multi-phone lines) from both customers and medical providers, and may perform general clerical duties. The pharmacy assistant may also manage inventory, including ordering and replacing stock and retuning expired items. Computer skills are required, as the pharmacy assistant must maintain a prescription record and customer database, as well as provide checkout register services to customers. Work is completely indoors, in climate-controlled conditions. Some lifting is required, usually no more than 20 pounds. Working hours can vary and are based on the pharmacy's peak times. Some pharmacies are open on nights, holidays, and weekends and require staffing. A position as a pharmacy assistant is ideal for those interested in pursuing education as a pharmacy technician or pharmacist. Overall, the pharmacy assistant is expected to provide prompt, courteous customer service.
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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Experience Affects Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 39%
Mid-Career
up arrow 20%
National Average
$25,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 16 votes.
Gender
Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
3%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 42%
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