Pharmacy Assistant Salary

For Pharmacy Assistants, hourly average wages total $11.99 per hour. The vast majority (85 percent) of Pharmacy Assistants who took the survey are female. Although more than half have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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.


Pharmacy Assistants with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $24K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $33K. Pharmacy Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $42K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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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