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Pharmacy Director Salary

Salaries for Pharmacy Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($136K) per year. Total cash compensation for Pharmacy Directors runs from $112K to $172K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $21K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pharmacy Directors. Men make up a slight majority of Pharmacy Directors (59 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$110,541 - $163,194
(Median)
$110K
$140K
$160K
MEDIAN: $136,260
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$54.28 - $81.54
(Median)
$54
$62
$82
MEDIAN: $61.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$110,541 - $163,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,993  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,866  
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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$112,333 - $172,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$54.28 - $81.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $85.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,866  
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).
)
$112,333 - $172,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Job Description for Pharmacy Director

Pharmacy directors oversee all operations in the pharmacy for which they work. They coordinate employees' work and provide feedback and discipline to employees as needed. They must ensure their pharmacy operates within company guidelines and any relevant local, state, and federal rules. Pharmacy directors must also be able to set up pharmaceutical equipment for patients, communicate effectively with patients, make any pharmacy-related decisions, and meet any deadlines in accordance with their company's policies. They need to find ways to ensure the pharmacy operates more effectively and efficiently as well.

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Pharmacy Director Tasks

  • Oversee purchasing, inventory, order processing, utilization, distribution of products and services.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Directs the pharmacy staff in effective and efficient dispensing and distributing of pharmaceuticals.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Assure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Common Career Paths for Pharmacy Director


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Although many Pharmacy Directors transition into Hospital Pharmacy Director roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $125K. Pharmacy Directors most often move into Pharmacist in Charge or Hospital Pharmacist roles. However, the former pays $24K less on average, and the latter pays $36K less.

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Survey takers who work as Pharmacy Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Operations Management, People Management, and Pharmacotherapy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pharmacotherapy. People Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $138K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pharmacy Directors make a median salary of $139K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $142K.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
0%

National Average
$139,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Pharmacy Director Salaries

Operations Management
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People Management
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National Average
$139,000

Pharmacotherapy
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 7%
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