Wages for Pharmacy Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($138K) per year. In the world of Pharmacy Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $9K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $110K and $180K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Pharmacy Directors (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Pharmacy Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$111,348 - $169,523
(Median)
$110K
$140K
$170K
MEDIAN: $138,465
10%
50%
90%

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$50.51 - $75.17
(Median)
$51
$62
$75
MEDIAN: $62.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$111,348 - $169,523  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,402  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,758  
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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$110,207 - $180,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$50.51 - $75.17  
   
Overtime
$94.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,402  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,758  
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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$110,207 - $180,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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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Many Pharmacy Directors move into a Hospital Pharmacy Director role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Hospital Pharmacy Directors on average bring in a similar salary to Pharmacy Directors. Pharmacy Directors most often move into positions as Hospital Pharmacists or Pharmacist in Charges. Hospital Pharmacists actually earn $35K less on average, however, and Pharmacist in Charges earn $23K less per year than Pharmacy Directors do.

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Popular Skills for Pharmacy Director


Pharmacy Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, People Management, Operations Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pharmacotherapy. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Budget Management and Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Director

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


Annually raking in $132K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. Pharmacy Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $137K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $142K on average.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$139,000

Experienced
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Pharmacy Director Salaries

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 14%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$139,000

Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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