Pharmacy Assistant Salary
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.
|Salary||$18,674 - $78,500|
|Total Pay (||$19,102 - $43,127|
|Hourly Rate||$9.16 - $18.36|
|Overtime||$11.74 - $22.47|
|Total Pay (||$19,102 - $43,127|
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.
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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