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Pharmacy Manager Salary

Average pay for a Pharmacy Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $124K per year. Overall incomes of Pharmacy Managers generally bottom out at around $67K and peak near $143K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. For the most part, Pharmacy Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Pharmacy Managers (52 percent) who responded to the survey. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$83,275 - $138,698
(Median)
$83K
$120K
$140K
MEDIAN: $124,044
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$18.18 - $66.01
(Median)
$18
$59
$66
MEDIAN: $58.00
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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$83,275 - $138,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,975  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,967  
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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$66,842 - $142,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 440
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$18.18 - $66.01  
   
Overtime
$18.12 - $98.45  
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.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,975  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,967  
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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$66,842 - $142,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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Job Description for Pharmacy Manager

Pharmacy managers help ensure customers get the medicine they need and that it is properly filled following the doctors orders. Typically, a pharmacy manager oversees one particular store, but there are positions in which they manage multiple locations. Along with ensuring their pharmacy complies with federal and state regulations, pharmacy managers must ensure staff communicate clearly, effectively, and positively with customers. It is up to the pharmacy manager to instruct and monitor employees to ensure they are professional and courteous in all interactions. Most pharmacies fill orders from walk-in patients on the spot, so the pharmacy manager must ensure their facility is efficient. They must train their staff to prioritize orders and deliver them within the allotted time frames. Teaching staff how to effectively deal with doctors and medical practitioners is essential as well.

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Pharmacy Manager Tasks

  • Oversee dispensing of drugs, supplies and inventory.
  • Maintain pharmacy day-to-day procedures and delegate staff responsibilities.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Acts as a consultant to medical staff and patients.

Common Career Paths for Pharmacy Manager


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As Pharmacy Managers transition into upper-level roles like Pharmacy Directors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Pharmacy Directors earn the same amount as Pharmacy Managers on average. Pharmacy Managers most often move into positions as Retail Pharmacists or Pharmacists. Retail Pharmacists actually earn $20K less on average, however, and Pharmacists earn $24K less per year than Pharmacy Managers do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacy Manager


Known for taking on a considerable number of Pharmacy Managers, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Walgreen Co., and Rite Aid Pharmacy are leading firms in the industry. Pharmacy Managers in search of the best pay head to Walgreen's Pharmacy, where the median salary rolls in at $136K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $149K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $115K. Pharmacy Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Walgreen Co. ($135K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($133K), and Rite Aid Pharmacy ($130K).

Employees at CVS / Pharmacy, Rite Aid Corporation, and Rite Aid Pharmacy can also expect below-average earnings of $129K, $129K, and $130K.


Typical Pharmacy Managers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Retail Pharmacy, Hospital pharmacy, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Manager

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


Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $126K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Pharmacy Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $124K. Pharmacy Managers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $126K.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Manager Salaries

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National Average
$125,000


Skills That Affect Pharmacy Manager Salaries

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Hospital pharmacy
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National Average
$125,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%