Staff Pharmacist Salary

The average Staff Pharmacist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $55.69 per hour. In the world of Staff Pharmacists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $94K and $133K. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Women make up a slight majority of Staff Pharmacists (55 percent) survey respondents. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$88,782 - $130,480
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$89K
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$130K
MEDIAN: $112,655
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$46.08 - $63.18
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MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$88,782 - $130,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,137  
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $7,861  
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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$94,138 - $132,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.08 - $63.18  
   
Overtime
$54.75 - $94.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $7,861  
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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$94,138 - $132,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 494
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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 sometimes move into a Pharmacy Director role, where the salary is similar. Staff Pharmacists most frequently become Pharmacists and Hospital Staff Pharmacists even though median compensation is $12K lower and $14K 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 can also look forward to large paychecks at Rite Aid Corporation ($128K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($127K), and Target Corporation ($122K).

Employees at Walgreen's Pharmacy take home the smallest paychecks, and $119K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $98K and quickly nearing the top at only $128K. CVS Caremark Corporation, CVS / Pharmacy, and Target Corporation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $120K, $120K, and $122K.


Survey results imply that Staff Pharmacists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Retail Pharmacy, Mail Order Pharmacy, Hospital Education, and Pharmacotherapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Hospital pharmacy and Long Term Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

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


Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $108K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Pharmacists make a median salary of $118K. Staff Pharmacists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $119K.

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Experience Affects Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$116,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Retail Pharmacy
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Mail Order Pharmacy
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National Average
$116,000

Hospital Education
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Pharmacotherapy
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Long Term Care
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Hospital pharmacy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

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: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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