Registered Pharmacist (RPh) Salary
A Registered Pharmacist (RPh) earns an average salary of $98,569 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
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|Total Pay (||$79,281 - $130,728|
|Hourly Rate||$49.43 - $64.00|
|Total Pay (||$79,281 - $130,728|
Job Description for Registered Pharmacist (RPh)
Registered pharmacists (RPhs) are professionally licensed and typically work in a pharmacy environment, often within a retail store, clinic, or hospital. They are generally responsible for filling prescriptions and advising patients on medical precautions, special instructions, and other important information associated with their medications, as well as potential alternatives and generic medications which may be discussed with a physician.Read More...
While many are familiar with local pharmacists who simply fill prescriptions, the position of an RPh holds rigorous professional requirements. Registered pharmacists are responsible for ensuring that prescribed medicines do not conflict with other medicines or dietary restrictions, and must help patients understand the ways in which pills, salves, and other prescribed medicines are to be used. They must also be available by phone or e-mail to answer questions about any noted complications, side effects, or other drug interactions a patient may experience.
In many cases, registered pharmacists also hold a supervisory role within the pharmacy and help train assistants and new pharmacy technicians, as well as oversee their work to ensure it meets proper care standards. They may also be tasked with taking inventory for medicines and ensuring proper storage.
To earn the RPh designation, a pharmacist must first earn a doctorate degree in pharmacy, as this is now a requirement to take RPh certification testing. Some pharmacology schools include this testing as part of the curriculum, so those graduating with a relevant degree may become professionally certified in the process. Registered pharmacists typically work in a retail or clinical pharmacy environment; while some retail outlets' pharmacies are open 24/7, those in this position typically work during weekly daytime hours. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Registered Pharmacist (RPh) Tasks
- Analyze prescribing trends to monitor patient compliance and to prevent excessive usage or harmful interactions.
- Dispense and review prescriptions to ensure accuracy, and compliance with professional, state and federal regulatory requirements.
- May collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review and evaluate patient effectiveness.
- Educate patient on medication use, storage and side effects.
- Solicit information from patients regarding past and current medication to prevent drug interactions.
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Pay by Experience Level for Registered Pharmacist (RPh)
Pay by Experience for a Registered Pharmacist (RPh) has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Pharmacist (RPh) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 11 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Pharmacist (RPh) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 19 salaries. An experienced Registered Pharmacist (RPh) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 13 salaries. A Registered Pharmacist (RPh) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 13 salaries.
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