A Pharmacy Clerk earns an average wage of $9.99 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$7.76 - $14.17
MEDIAN: $9.00

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Hourly Rate
$7.76 - $14.17  
$2.03 - $36.49  
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$16,214 - $32,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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Job Description for Pharmacy Clerk

Pharmacy clerks, sometimes referred to as "pharmacy aides," work directly with pharmacists and similar technicians. These clerks generally work in indoor environments during traditional business hours - though this may depend on their organizations' hours - and little to no travel is required for the position.


Pharmacy Clerk 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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What is it like working as a Pharmacy Clerk?

Pharmacy Clerk in Sacramento:
Pros: Help people treat illness and make them feel better, direct interaction with people in times of need.
Cons: Can have to deal with very upset people about certain medications not being on hand or expensive, and drug seekers.

Pharmacy Clerk in Paradise:
"High Customer demands and fast paced."
Pros: I work with outstanding people whom take great pride in their work. We strive to meet all expectations of our patients needs and maintain a professional and caring attitude with smiles even though most customers are complaining about something. My coworkers are very motivated and encouraging.
Cons: I am disappointed with the extremely low pay and lack of benefits until you have given the company at least 2years of your life. We are placed in highly competitive and stressful environment with high expectations to increase sales and customer satisfaction and retention. In order to maintain the work flow breaks are not possible. At the end of the day you are exhausted and really can't see much in the way of a paycheck towards the fruits of your labor. Therefore the life/ work balance is greatly reduced to only to work. It's time for a serious reevaluation for companies to increase their employees wages to reflect the hard work and dedication which in turn shows true appreciation for services rendered. We are pushing ourselves and our lifesource in exchange for small paychecks and the experience is heartbreaking.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Clerk Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Pharmacy Clerk Salaries

Customer Service
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National Average

Cash Handling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.


82 %
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 48%