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.

$20,400 - $78,500
$20K
$36K
$78K
MEDIAN: $35,746
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50%
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$9.23 - $18.34
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$18
MEDIAN: $11.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$20,400 - $78,500  
   
Bonus
$100.00  
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$19,303 - $42,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.23 - $18.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.04  
Overtime
$11.74 - $22.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$100.00  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$19,303 - $42,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172

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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.

Common Career Paths for Pharmacy Assistant


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As Pharmacy Assistants make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Certified Pharmacy Technician position pays around the same amount as the Pharmacy Assistant job on average.

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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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Key Stats for Pharmacy Assistant

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Experienced
▲42%

Late-Career
▲36%

Mid-Career
▲21%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Skills That Affect Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
▲23%

Customer Service
▲2%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 38%