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Pharmacy Assistant Salary

Pharmacy Assistants in the United States take home an average $11.96 per hour. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. The vast majority (81 percent) of Pharmacy Assistants who took the survey are female. Work is enjoyable for Pharmacy Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$22,000 - $55,000
(Median)
$22K
$30K
$55K
MEDIAN: $30,201
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90%

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$8.30 - $19.84
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,000 - $55,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
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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$17,646 - $42,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $19.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
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).
)
$17,646 - $42,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164

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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Pharmacy Assistants. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $24K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $33K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pharmacy Assistants make a median salary of $34K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $42K.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 28%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

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
47%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 35%
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