Retail Staff Pharmacist Salary

The average pay for a Retail Staff Pharmacist is $56.87 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$97,514 - $126,627
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$98K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $114,985
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$48.89 - $62.78
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MEDIAN: $56.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$97,514 - $126,627  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$100,379 - $130,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$48.89 - $62.78  
   
Overtime
$6.30 - $94.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
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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$100,379 - $130,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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Job Description for Retail Staff Pharmacist

Retail staff pharmacists typically work within pharmacies inside grocery chains, department stores, and larger drug outlets. They are responsible for helping patients fill prescriptions, providing advice and guidance on proper administration of medicines and drugs, and watching for any potential difficulties with particular medications. Many of these pharmacies also offer services like blood pressure screenings and flu shots, and retail staff pharmacists may assist in these areas, as well.

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Retail Staff 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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Pay by Experience Level for Retail Staff Pharmacist

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

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What is it like working as a Retail Staff Pharmacist?

Retail Staff Pharmacist in Baltimore:
"No Country For Old Men."
Pros: Ability to help people manage their own health. Intervening to prevent medical mistakes from prescribers. Helping younger staff members and employees to find goals for employment that match their personalities. Intervening to prevent drug diversion, and keep the public safe by counseling, vaccinations, and other health care activities.
Cons: US Pharmacy is currently dominated by a cartel of large chain companies-- CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens. They are so large that actions by any one company cannot fail to be noticed by each other, and by every other retail pharmacy player. In this way, the three are functionally a monopoly. They increase expense of pharmacy by special pricing deals with manufacturers. Competition has largely been eliminated for this reason. This also means that they depress salaries and make working conditions miserable. Pharmacists do not get meal or bathroom breaks. Constant monitoring of production metrics add to the misery and endanger the public, but the large players are large enough to ignore resolutions of their legal governing bodies. If you enter retail, you will be working in a prison-like atmosphere. If you protest it too much, you can be fired and/or blacklisted from employment in 1/2 to 1/3 of all available pharmacy jobs in one step. Tread carefully.

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Experience Affects Retail Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$118,000

Entry-Level
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Experienced
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%
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