Pharmacy Director Salary

Wages for Pharmacy Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($138K) per year. Total cash compensation to Pharmacy Directors bottoms out near $115K and approaches $177K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $25K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Pharmacy Directors is high. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. Male Pharmacy Directors who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$114,122 - $166,349
(Median)
$110K
$140K
$170K
MEDIAN: $137,756
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$51.10 - $82.66
(Median)
$51
$62
$83
MEDIAN: $61.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$114,122 - $166,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,808  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,819  
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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$114,877 - $177,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 332
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$51.10 - $82.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $86.09  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,808  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,819  
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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$114,877 - $177,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 $126K. Pharmacy Directors most often move into Hospital Pharmacist or Pharmacist in Charge roles. However, the former pays $36K less on average, and the latter pays $24K less.

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Popular Skills for Pharmacy Director


Professional skills reported by Pharmacy Directors are few in number. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Operations Management, People Management, and Pharmacotherapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pharmacotherapy. For most people, competency in Operations Management indicates knowledge of Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Director

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


For Pharmacy Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $134K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $140K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $140K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $144K.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
0%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$140,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Pharmacy Director Salaries

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 13%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$140,000

Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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