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Pharmacy Manager Salary

Pharmacy Managers in the United States earn an average of $124K annually, and top pay can be found in Los Angeles, where the average is $141K. Pharmacy Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Louisville (+8 percent), Richmond (+7 percent), Orlando (+4 percent), and Denver (+4 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$84,506 - $139,022
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$85K
$120K
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MEDIAN: $124,387
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$18.25 - $66.67
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MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$84,506 - $139,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,969  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,885  
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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$68,143 - $143,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 462
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.25 - $66.67  
   
Overtime
$22.39 - $101.09  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,969  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,885  
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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$68,143 - $143,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257

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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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Pharmacy Managers sometimes move into a Pharmacy Director role, where the salary is similar. Pharmacy Managers most frequently become Retail Pharmacists and Pharmacists even though median compensation is $21K lower and $24K lower, respectively.

Pharmacy Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacy Manager


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen Co., Walgreen's Pharmacy, and Rite Aid Pharmacy are top-notch employers for Pharmacy Managers in this area. Walgreen's Pharmacy offers the best pay with a median salary of $136K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $115K and maxing out at just $149K. Pharmacy Managers will also find cushy salaries at Walgreen Co. (+$136K), CVS Caremark Corporation (+$133K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (+$133K).

Salaries are easily beat at CVS / Pharmacy, where median pay comes to just $129K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $119K and ending at $148K, range in salary is rather small. Also approaching the lower end are Rite Aid Corporation at $129K, Rite Aid Pharmacy at $129K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $133K.


Survey results show that Pharmacy Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Retail Pharmacy, Hospital pharmacy, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Manager

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


Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $127K per year. Pharmacy Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $125K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $127K on average.

Pharmacy Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Pharmacy Manager?

Pharmacy Manager in New York:
"Dead end."
Pros: There's nothing good about it. I have to do the work of all employees and never have time to eat.
Cons: I have to do the work of all other employees and my health has decreased because if the fact that I do not even get to eat. In the past year I have lost 55-65 pounds because if the stress in my work place.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Manager Salaries

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National Average
$126,000


Skills That Affect Pharmacy Manager Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
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National Average
$126,000

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 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
31%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%
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