Pharmacy Assistant Salary

Median pay for Pharmacy Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.05 per hour. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 81 percent of Pharmacy Assistants are female. While some workers in this profession — one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and a little over a half have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$23,063 - $61,823

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$8.31 - $19.82

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,063 - $61,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,300  
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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$17,682 - $42,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.31 - $19.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,300  
   
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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$17,682 - $42,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $25K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $33K. Pharmacy Assistants bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. Pharmacy Assistants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $42K.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%

Mid-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 32%
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