Pharmacy Assistants in the United States take home approximately $11.99 per hour on average. For the most part, Pharmacy Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Pharmacy Assistants (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Although a majority have medical coverage and just under a half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$18,674 - $78,500
$19K
$36K
$78K
MEDIAN: $35,746
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$9.16 - $18.36
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$18
MEDIAN: $11.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$18,674 - $78,500  
   
Bonus
$100.00  
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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$19,102 - $43,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.16 - $18.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.04  
Overtime
$11.74 - $22.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$100.00  
   
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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$19,102 - $43,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 173

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Pharmacy Assistant


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As Pharmacy Assistants transition into upper-level roles like Certified Pharmacy Technicians, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Certified Pharmacy Technicians earn the same amount as Pharmacy Assistants 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $31K. Pharmacy Assistants see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Key Stats for Pharmacy Assistant

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
048
Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
up arrow 23%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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