Pharmacy Manager Salary (United States)

Salaries for Pharmacy Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($123,853) per year. Total cash earnings range from $81,560 on the low end to $137,402 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $10,169 and $14,453, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residency, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 56 percent. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Pharmacy Managers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Pharmacy Manager Salary (?
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$81,560 - $137,402
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MEDIAN: $122,870
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Pharmacy Manager Salary (?
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$17.65 - $64.68
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MEDIAN: $57.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$81,560 - $137,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,169  
Profit Sharing
$1,036 - $14,453  
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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$64,601 - $141,842  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$17.65 - $64.68  
   
Overtime
$7.64 - $98.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,169  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,036 - $14,453  
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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$64,601 - $141,842  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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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 do not enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Pharmacy Director will not offer more money than lower-level jobs in the same field. Pharmacy Managers most often move into positions as Retail Pharmacists or Pharmacist in Charges, where they typically take pay cuts of $18,370 or $8,367 per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacy Manager

Known for taking on a considerable number of Pharmacy Managers, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen's Pharmacy, CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen Co., and Rite Aid Pharmacy are leading firms in the industry. Although Walgreen's Pharmacy offers the highest salaries in town—median pay is $134,905—workers can only make as much as $149K and scope of pay is rather limited.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is CVS Caremark Corporation, where the median salary is just $118,209. Employees at CVS / Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy can also expect below-average earnings of $126,954 and $128,199.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are well into six figures at $125K per year. Compensation is $122K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Pharmacy Managers tend to earn $124K at this point in time. Pharmacy Managers with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Pharmacy Managers, Richmond offers exceptional salaries, 9 percent above the national average. Pharmacy Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Employers in New York and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-6 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Pharmacy Manager Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
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$124,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%
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