Pharmacy Assistant Salary
Pharmacy Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.97 per hour. The vast majority (80 percent) of Pharmacy Assistants who took the survey are female. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pharmacy Assistants. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$20,400 - $78,500|
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|$19,303 - $42,188|
|Hourly Rate||$9.23 - $18.34|
|Overtime||$11.74 - $22.47|
|Total Pay (||$19,303 - $42,188|
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.Read More...
Pharmacy assistants may have a wide range of responsibilities, including: administrative duties; customer service duties; purchasing medications; merchandising; stocking shelves and taking inventory; answering phone calls; maintaining and filing accurate records; answering prescription-related questions; directing relevant questions to on-duty pharmacists; establishing and maintaining customer account information; managing a cash register; preparing insurance claim forms; and maintaining a clean and organized environment at all times.
Aspiring pharmacy assistants must be able to handle emergency situations with ease and should have proficient computer skills, superb communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and a compassionate attitude. They should also be able to stay on their feet for long periods of time, lift heavy boxes, and retrieve supplies from various areas.
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
Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Assistant
Pay by Experience for a Pharmacy Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Pharmacy Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 162 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pharmacy Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Pharmacy Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 29 salaries. A Pharmacy Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 9 salaries.
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