Staff Pharmacist Salary
Staff Pharmacists in the United States take home an average $57.33 per hour. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. The majority of Staff Pharmacists (64 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Staff Pharmacists are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Qualifications to work in this position generally include a bachelor’s degree or Pharm.D. degree from a college accredited by the American College of Physician Executives(ACPE) in the field of pharmacy. Experience requirements vary with pay and position level, but generally include one to two years of experience in a pharmacy environment. Other specific requirements vary by state and position, but a state pharmacy licenses and a driver’s license are often required.
The physical requirements of this position are relatively limited, but it may include some lifting and long hours of standing. The ability to operate and maintain standard pharmacy equipment is expected. Work hours vary based on the employer and position, but work during typical business hours is common.
Staff Pharmacist Tasks
- 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.
- May collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review and evaluate patient effectiveness.
- Educate patient on medication use, storage and side effects.
- Solicit information from patients regarding past and current medication to prevent drug interactions.
Common Career Paths for Staff Pharmacist
As Staff Pharmacists transition into upper-level roles like Pharmacy Directors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Pharmacy Directors earn the same amount as Staff Pharmacists on average. Staff Pharmacists most often move into positions as Pharmacists or Hospital Staff Pharmacists. Pharmacists actually earn $14K less on average, however, and Hospital Staff Pharmacists earn $17K less per year than Staff Pharmacists do.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist
Staff Pharmacists flock to CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Corporation, CVS Caremark Corporation, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at The Kroger Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $130K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Rite Aid Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and CVS / Pharmacy, top-paying firms where Staff Pharmacists rake in a very impressive $128K, $126K, or $125K, respectively.
Workers at Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and Target Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $120K, $122K, and $122K respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Staff Pharmacists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $114K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $122K in this role. Staff Pharmacists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.
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