Pharmacy Clerk Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Pharmacy clerks are often on their feet for the entire shift with some physical labor required, including lifting boxes and using equipment such as step ladders. Although formal education is not generally required beyond a high school diploma or equivalent, prior experience in customer service, pharmacies, or clerical/administrative work is highly beneficial. There are also pharmacy clerk education programs which provide training in mathematics, microcomputer keyboarding, pharmaceutical basics, etc. Those who are working to become pharmacy technicians often work as clerks to gain relevant experience.
Pharmacy clerks have a range of responsibilities, including: answering telephones; taking various messages from customers; operating the cash register; keeping inventory; stocking shelves; sterilization of work areas, ordering medication; organizing supplies; labeling medications; maintaining customer accounts and records; accepting payments; and preparing insurance information. Aspiring pharmacy clerks should be highly attentive to detail with excellent communication and computer skills.
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.