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Staff Pharmacist Salary

Average Staff Pharmacists in the United States make around $54.88 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Staff Pharmacists can bottom out near $92K or peak near $131K depending on individual performance. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the specific company are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Women Staff Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$86,594 - $128,556
(Median)
$87K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $109,393
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$45.13 - $62.44
(Median)
$45
$55
$62
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$86,594 - $128,556  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,178  
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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$91,735 - $131,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$45.13 - $62.44  
   
Overtime
$51.18 - $92.74  
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 - $5,178  
   
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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$91,735 - $131,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 507

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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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For Staff Pharmacists, advancing into a Pharmacy Director role, for which the median salary is $126K, is not common but it does happen. Many Staff Pharmacists choose to become Pharmacists and Hospital Staff Pharmacists as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $12K less and $12K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Staff Pharmacists, CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, CVS Caremark Corporation, and Rite Aid Corporation are leading firms in the industry. 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 Target Corporation, top-paying firms where Staff Pharmacists rake in a whopping $128K, $124K, or $122K, respectively.

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. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include CVS / Pharmacy ($120K), CVS Caremark Corporation ($120K), and Target Corporation ($122K).


Staff Pharmacists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Mail Order Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacy, Hospital Education, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Hospital pharmacy and Pharmacotherapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $105K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $117K. Staff Pharmacists bring in $117K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$114,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
up arrow 4%

Mail Order Pharmacy
up arrow 4%

Hospital Education
up arrow 2%

National Average
$114,000

Long Term Care
up arrow 2%

Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 5%

Hospital pharmacy
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%
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