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Staff Pharmacist Salary

An average Staff Pharmacist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54.93 per hour. Cash earnings for Staff Pharmacists — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $92K to approximately $131K. While tenure and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Staff Pharmacists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Women Staff Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$86,520 - $128,594
(Median)
$87K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $109,398
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$45.24 - $62.47
(Median)
$45
$55
$62
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$86,520 - $128,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,192  
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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$91,890 - $131,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 307
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$45.24 - $62.47  
   
Overtime
$48.43 - $92.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,192  
   
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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$91,890 - $131,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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It doesn't happen often, but some Staff Pharmacists do move on to become Pharmacy Directors. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $126K per year. A lot of Staff Pharmacists advance their careers by becoming Pharmacists and Hospital Staff Pharmacists. However, those positions offer $12K less and $12K less per year on average.

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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. Staff Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries at Rite Aid Corporation (+$128K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (+$124K), and Target Corporation (+$122K).

With a median salary of $118K, Walgreen's Pharmacy provides Staff Pharmacists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $128K, limiting employee salary growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include CVS / Pharmacy at $120K, CVS Caremark Corporation at $120K, and Target Corporation, where $122K is the norm.


Survey results show that Staff Pharmacists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Mail Order Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacy, Hospital Education, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Hospital pharmacy and Pharmacotherapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

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


Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $105K per year. Staff Pharmacists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$114,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
up arrow 4%

Mail Order Pharmacy
up arrow 4%

Hospital Education
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National Average
$114,000

Long Term Care
up arrow 3%

Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 5%

Hospital pharmacy
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 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
21%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%
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