The average pay for a Retail Pharmacist is $109,170 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$77,566 - $128,581
(Median)
$78K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $109,170
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$46.85 - $65.88
(Median)
$47
$58
$66
MEDIAN: $58.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,566 - $128,581  
   
Bonus
$297.99 - $5,171  
Profit Sharing
$1,080  
Total Pay (?
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$89,083 - $135,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$46.85 - $65.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $100.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$297.99 - $5,171  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,080  
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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$89,083 - $135,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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Job Description for Retail Pharmacist

A retail pharmacist is a licensed pharmacist who works in a retail pharmacy setting providing services to customers within the community. To become a retail pharmacist, a doctorate degree in pharmacy is required, which can take up to 8 years to complete. Licensing by the state board of pharmacy is also required to practice. The role of the retail pharmacist is extensive. The retail pharmacist obtains a list of medications currently taken from each patient, and compares each to currently prescribed medications to prevent any drug interactions. The retail pharmacist also maintains a database of patient allergies to screen for any potential reactions. The retail pharmacist serves as an educator to patients regarding the proper storage, use of and side effects of medications. The retail pharmacist serves as a resource to both customers and prescribing physicians for medication indications, dosages, side effects, and general prescribing information. This employee works in tandem with prescribing medical providers to implement and monitor pharmaceutical therapies, and evaluate patient responses to medications. The retail pharmacist also supervises other pharmacy staff, such as pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants and pharmacy interns. The employee enters medication orders into the computer system, and either prepares the medication or assigns it to assistive personnel to prepare. The retail pharmacist has the final role in reviewing each prescription and medication for accuracy before it leaves the pharmacy with the customer. Pharmacists must be aware of and function within the guidelines of state and federal laws and regulations governing medication dispensing. Working hours may vary, as a retail pharmacist is required to be on duty whenever the pharmacy is open. This may include night, weekend and holiday shifts.


Retail Pharmacist Tasks

  • Educate patient on medication use, storage and side effects.
  • Solicit information from patients regarding past and current medication to prevent drug interactions.
  • May collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review and evaluate patient effectiveness.
  • 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.

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Retail Pharmacist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Retail Pharmacist in Clarkson:
"You must be a people person."
As a new retail pharmacist, I was not prepared for the amount of time involved in resolving prescription drug claim issues. Although the bulk of the process is handled by the technician, pharmacist input is required when alternative drugs are preferred by a particular insurance carrier. Another source of stress is having to say "No" to patients attempting to get their prescriptions refilled early. This is a common issue with pain medications and certain other medications subject to abuse. Patients can become agitated or angry and they take out this frustration on the pharmacy staff. This is when the pharmacist in charge must step in and use conflict resolution skills to prevent the situation from escalating. To excel as a pharmacist, you must learn to manage your time well, prioritize tasks and handle frequent interruptions while maintaining focus on the task at hand. Develop a prescription checking routine to help minimize errors. Never vary from the routine.

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Experience Affects Retail Pharmacist Salaries

Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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National Average
$114,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Retail Pharmacist Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
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National Average
$114,000

Patient Education
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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