Staff Pharmacist Salary (United States)

Salaries for Staff Pharmacists in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $53.87 per hour. Total cash compensation varies from around $82,825 to approximately $126,441; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5,057 and $19,219, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residency, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Staff Pharmacist Salary (?
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$82,825 - $126,441
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MEDIAN: $107,943
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Staff Pharmacist Salary (?
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$44.77 - $61.46
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MEDIAN: $53.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$82,825 - $126,441  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
Profit Sharing
$1,340 - $19,219  
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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$90,903 - $129,422  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$44.77 - $61.46  
   
Overtime
$45.77 - $91.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,340 - $19,219  
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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$90,903 - $129,422  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 534
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Job Description for Staff Pharmacist

Staff pharmacist positions are available at a large number of hospitals, clinics, and retail stores. Individuals in these jobs oversee aspects of pharmacy operations, especially the process of dispersing drugs based on physician prescriptions. Other job duties include performing quality control for products, managing inventory, overseeing technicians and other workers, and providing support for patients. The staff pharmacist's work environment depends on the size of the company, but they usually work with a small team of technicians, lab workers, and drivers to maintain a consistent workflow in a laboratory or clinic environment. The extent of any direct contact with patients depends on the organization, but it may be required in some positions.
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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.

Common Career Paths for Staff Pharmacist

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Staff Pharmacists may experience a boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Pharmacy Director may bring in slightly more money—an additional $12,239 annually. Staff Pharmacists most often move into positions as Pharmacists or Hospital Staff Pharmacists, where they typically take pay cuts of $11,525 or $10,172 per year.

Staff Pharmacist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist

Many Staff Pharmacists can be found at CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Target Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. The Kroger Company attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $128,002. Soaring salaries can also be found at Rite Aid Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and CVS Caremark Corporation, where earnings of $126,373, $123,735, or $120,115 are standard for Staff Pharmacists.
Walgreen's Pharmacy doles out the lowest salaries in town—median pay is $117,673—not to mention workers can only make as much as $129K and scope of pay is rather limited. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Target Corporation ($117,794), CVS / Pharmacy ($119,410), and CVS Caremark Corporation ($120,115).

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Staff Pharmacists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Compensation begins at $106K per year, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out in the field. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $115K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Staff Pharmacists and pay is expected at $116K. The majority of Staff Pharmacists have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with more than 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with 10 to 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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$112,000
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Individuals working in Phoenix make a little bit more than the national average; however, location isn't an overwhelming factor in pay. In New York, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in St. Louis and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-3 percent and -3 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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$112,000
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Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Mail Order Pharmacy
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National Average
$112,000
Hospital pharmacy
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Pharmacotherapy
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%
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