Pharmacy Assistant Salary

An average Pharmacy Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.99 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. There are far more female Pharmacy Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Job satisfaction for Pharmacy Assistants is high.

$20,134 - $64,564
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$65K
MEDIAN: $31,160
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$8.65 - $19.02
(Median)
$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$20,134 - $64,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,115  
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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$18,237 - $41,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.65 - $19.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,115  
   
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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$18,237 - $41,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $24K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Pharmacy Assistants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $42K.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 62%

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 27%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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