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Pharmacy Assistant Salary

Median pay for Pharmacy Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.74 per hour. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. Most Pharmacy Assistants survey respondents are women (79 percent). Work is enjoyable for Pharmacy Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$23,178 - $66,384
(Median)
$23K
$31K
$66K
MEDIAN: $30,631
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$8.17 - $19.05
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$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,178 - $66,384  
   
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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$17,283 - $41,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.17 - $19.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
)
$17,283 - $41,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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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Experience Affects Pharmacy Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 26%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 38%