Staff Pharmacist Salary

For Staff Pharmacists, hourly average wages total $57.52 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. For the most part, Staff Pharmacists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Staff Pharmacists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$91,368 - $133,778
$91K
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MEDIAN: $117,221
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$48.65 - $64.94
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MEDIAN: $57.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$91,368 - $133,778  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $11,474  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$98,637 - $135,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$48.65 - $64.94  
   
Overtime
$65.06 - $99.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$195.74 - $11,474  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$98,637 - $135,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 270
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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

  • 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


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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 frequently become Pharmacists and Hospital Staff Pharmacists even though median compensation is $14K lower and $17K lower, respectively.

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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. Other leaders in compensation levels are Rite Aid Corporation at $128K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $126K, and CVS / Pharmacy, where Staff Pharmacists annually earn $125K.

Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and Target Corporation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $120K, $122K, and $122K.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $114K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $120K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Pharmacists make a median salary of $123K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $122K on average.

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Key Stats for Staff Pharmacist

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Staff Pharmacist Salaries

▲3%

Late-Career
▲2%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$119,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Hospital pharmacy
▲7%


Mail Order Pharmacy
▼0%

National Average
$119,000

Long Term Care
▼3%

Pharmacotherapy
▼6%

Hospital Education
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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