Staff Pharmacist Salary

Staff Pharmacists in the United States take home an average $55.69 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Staff Pharmacists stretch from $94K on the lower end to $133K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Women make up a slight majority of Staff Pharmacists (55 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Staff Pharmacists. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$88,782 - $130,480
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$89K
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Pharmacy Director. Pharmacy Directors on average make about as much as Staff Pharmacists do. Staff Pharmacists most often move into positions as Pharmacists or Hospital Staff Pharmacists. Pharmacists actually earn $12K less on average, however, and Hospital Staff Pharmacists earn $14K less per year than Staff Pharmacists do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist


CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Rite Aid Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Staff Pharmacists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, The Kroger Company offers the most; Staff Pharmacists earn $130K on average there. Staff Pharmacists can also look forward to large paychecks at Rite Aid Corporation ($128K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($127K), and Target Corporation ($122K).

With a median salary of $119K, Walgreen's Pharmacy provides Staff Pharmacists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $128K, limiting employee salary growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are CVS Caremark Corporation ($120K), CVS / Pharmacy ($120K), and Target Corporation ($122K).


Survey results show that Staff Pharmacists use a fair number of skills. 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.


Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $108K on average. On average, Staff Pharmacists make $118K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $119K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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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