Staff Pharmacist Salary (United States)

Staff Pharmacists in the United States can typically expect wages of $53.87 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Staff Pharmacists (51 percent). Job satisfaction for Staff Pharmacists is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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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' salaries may rise in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Pharmacy Director may get paid an extra $12,239 per year. 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

CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Target Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Staff Pharmacists. The Kroger Company pays the most with a median salary of $128,002. Rite Aid Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and CVS Caremark Corporation also offer top salaries for Staff Pharmacists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $126,373, $123,735, and $120,115, respectively.
Pay for Staff Pharmacists is the lowest at Walgreen's Pharmacy, which has a median salary of $117,673. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $129K. Target Corporation, CVS / Pharmacy, and CVS Caremark Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $117,794, $119,410, and $120,115-paychecks on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Staff Pharmacists with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Six-figure salaries are typical for those just entering the industry—pay starts at $106K per year. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $115K. As Staff Pharmacists reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $116K. Staff Pharmacists with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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. New York is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. 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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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%
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