Staff Pharmacist Salary

Median pay for Staff Pharmacists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $55.10 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 $93K to approximately $132K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Staff Pharmacists (53 percent) survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$87,510 - $128,910

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$45.76 - $62.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$87,510 - $128,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,135  
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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$92,845 - $131,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$45.76 - $62.74  
   
Overtime
$52.73 - $92.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,135  
   
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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$92,845 - $131,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 492
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Pharmacy Director. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Staff Pharmacists most frequently advance into Pharmacist and Hospital Staff Pharmacist roles even though the median salaries are $12K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist


Dominating the field, CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Rite Aid Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Staff Pharmacists. The Kroger Company leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $130K. 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.

Walgreen's Pharmacy doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $118K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $128K and scope of pay is rather limited. Also approaching the lower end are CVS / Pharmacy at $119K, CVS Caremark Corporation at $120K, and Target Corporation at $122K.


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay 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 score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $105K per year. Staff Pharmacists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $117K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $118K.

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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
$115,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

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 4%

Hospital pharmacy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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