Staff Pharmacist Salary
Staff Pharmacists in the United States take home approximately $57.13 per hour on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Women make up the majority of Staff Pharmacists (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Although nearly one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers 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
Staff Pharmacists sometimes move into a Pharmacy Director role, where the salary is similar. Many Staff Pharmacists go on to become Pharmacists or Hospital Staff Pharmacists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $14K lower and $17K lower, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Staff Pharmacists include CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Rite Aid Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation. Staff Pharmacists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Kroger Company, where the average salary comes to $130K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Rite Aid Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and CVS / Pharmacy, where Staff Pharmacists typically earn around $128K, $125K, or $124K, respectively.
Walgreen's Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and Target Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $120K, $122K, and $122K-paychecks on average.
Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Staff Pharmacists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $113K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $120K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $121K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $122K.