Staff Pharmacist Salary

The average Staff Pharmacist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $54.74 per hour. Cash earnings for Staff Pharmacists — including $5K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $92K to $131K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Staff Pharmacists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Women Staff Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$87,114 - $128,536
(Median)
$87K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $109,494
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$44.96 - $62.16
(Median)
$45
$55
$62
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$87,114 - $128,536  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,136  
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $7,946  
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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$91,657 - $130,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 312
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$44.96 - $62.16  
   
Overtime
$48.01 - $92.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,136  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $7,946  
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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$91,657 - $130,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 500

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Staff Pharmacists move into roles as Pharmacy Directors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $126K per year. Staff Pharmacists most frequently become Pharmacists and Hospital Staff Pharmacists even though median compensation is $12K lower and $12K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist


Many Staff Pharmacists can be found at CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Rite Aid Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. The Kroger Company offers the largest salaries in town — $130K on average. Staff Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries at Rite Aid Corporation (+$128K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (+$124K), and Target Corporation (+$122K).

The lowest salaries can be found at Walgreen's Pharmacy — median pay is $118K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $97K and only reaching $128K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include CVS / Pharmacy ($119K), CVS Caremark Corporation ($120K), and Target Corporation ($122K).


Staff Pharmacists only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Mail Order Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapy, and Hospital pharmacy 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $105K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $117K. On average, Staff Pharmacists make $116K following one to two decades on the job. Staff Pharmacists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $118K.

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Experience Affects Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$114,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries


Mail Order Pharmacy
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National Average
$114,000

Hospital pharmacy
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Pharmacotherapy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
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: 54% employee benefits None: 18%