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Staff Pharmacist Salary (United States)

Hourly wages for Staff Pharmacists in the United States typically come in around $53.87 per hour. Cash earnings for Staff Pharmacists — including $5K in bonuses and $19K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $91K to $129K depending on individual performance. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Work is enjoyable for Staff Pharmacists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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  
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' salaries may rise for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Pharmacy Director, where the median income is $124K per year. A lot of Staff Pharmacists advance their careers by becoming Pharmacists and Hospital Staff Pharmacists. However, those positions offer $12K less and $10K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist

CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Target Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation are top-notch employers for Staff Pharmacists in this area. The Kroger Company leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $128K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Rite Aid Corporation at $126K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $124K, and CVS Caremark Corporation, where Staff Pharmacists annually earn $120K.
Staff Pharmacists will find the worst pay at Walgreen's Pharmacy, where the median salary crawls in at $118K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $129K, leaving little room for growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Target Corporation at $118K, CVS / Pharmacy at $119K, and CVS Caremark Corporation, where $120K is the norm.

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Staff Pharmacists who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Mail Order Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacy, Hospital pharmacy, and Pharmacotherapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pharmacotherapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $106K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $115K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Staff Pharmacist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $116K on average. The largest share of Staff Pharmacists have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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Although location is not a huge compensation factor, Staff Pharmacists in Phoenix do earn slightly more than the national average. New York ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 3 percent below the median salary for those in this field in St. Louis and Houston.

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Experience Affects Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$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%