Staff Pharmacist Salary

Staff Pharmacists in the United States take home approximately $55.15 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Staff Pharmacists stretch from $92K on the lower end to $132K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women Staff Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$86,531 - $128,954
(Median)
$87K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $109,571
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$45.46 - $62.63
(Median)
$45
$55
$63
MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$86,531 - $128,954  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,119  
Profit Sharing
$1,445 - $7,973  
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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$92,256 - $131,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$45.46 - $62.63  
   
Overtime
$51.18 - $92.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,119  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,445 - $7,973  
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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$92,256 - $131,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 505
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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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As Staff Pharmacists make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Pharmacy Director position pays around the same amount as the Staff Pharmacist job on average. Staff Pharmacists most often move into Pharmacist or Hospital Staff Pharmacist roles. However, the former pays $12K less on average, and the latter pays $13K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist


CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Rite Aid Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Staff Pharmacists. The Kroger Company offers the largest salaries in town — $130K on average. Other leaders in compensation levels are Rite Aid Corporation at $128K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $125K, and Target Corporation, where Staff Pharmacists annually earn $122K.

Salaries are easily beat at Walgreen's Pharmacy, where median pay comes to just $118K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $97K and ending at $128K, range in salary is rather small. CVS / Pharmacy, CVS Caremark Corporation, and Target Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($120K, $120K, and $122K respectively).


Staff Pharmacists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Mail Order Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacy, Hospital Education, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Hospital pharmacy and Pharmacotherapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

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


Annually raking in $106K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. Staff Pharmacists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $117K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $118K on average.

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Experience Affects Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$115,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Mail Order Pharmacy
up arrow 6%

Retail Pharmacy
up arrow 4%

Hospital Education
0%

National Average
$115,000

Long Term Care
up arrow 2%

Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 5%

Hospital pharmacy
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%
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