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Pharmacy Assistant Salary

Pharmacy Assistants in the United States take home approximately $11.94 per hour on average. Women make up the vast majority of Pharmacy Assistants (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by around half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$20,768 - $45,615
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$46K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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90%

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$8.24 - $19.63
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $11.00
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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$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,768 - $45,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$17,455 - $42,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.24 - $19.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.99  
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 - $2,534  
   
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).
)
$17,455 - $42,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $34K. On average, Pharmacy Assistants make $30K following one to two decades on the job. 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 33%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 35%