Staff Pharmacists in the United States take home approximately $57.13 per hour on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Women make up the majority of Staff Pharmacists (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Although nearly one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$91,670 - $130,909
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MEDIAN: $117,023
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$47.61 - $64.84
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MEDIAN: $57.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$91,670 - $130,909  
   
Bonus
$199.11 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$4,069  
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$96,916 - $134,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$47.61 - $64.84  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $96.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$199.11 - $10,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,069  
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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$96,916 - $134,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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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.

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Staff Pharmacists sometimes move into a Pharmacy Director role, where the salary is similar. Many Staff Pharmacists go on to become Pharmacists or Hospital Staff Pharmacists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $14K lower and $17K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Staff Pharmacists include CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Rite Aid Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation. Staff Pharmacists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Kroger Company, where the average salary comes to $130K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Rite Aid Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and CVS / Pharmacy, where Staff Pharmacists typically earn around $128K, $125K, or $124K, respectively.

Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and Target Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $120K, $122K, and $122K-paychecks on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

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


For Staff Pharmacists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $113K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $120K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $121K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $122K.

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Experience Affects Staff Pharmacist Salaries

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National Average
$119,000


Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
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Mail Order Pharmacy
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National Average
$119,000

Hospital pharmacy
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Pharmacotherapy
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Hospital Education
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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