Pharmacy Assistant Salary
Pharmacy Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.00 per hour. The vast majority (82 percent) of Pharmacy Assistants who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction for Pharmacy Assistants is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans.
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
- 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pharmacy Assistants make a median salary of $31K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $37K.