Staff Pharmacist Salary

Average Staff Pharmacists in the United States make around $55.25 per hour. In the world of Staff Pharmacists, total cash compensation can vary between $93K and $132K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $8K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Women Staff Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of Staff Pharmacists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$86,871 - $128,993
(Median)
$87K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $109,585
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$45.75 - $62.67
(Median)
$46
$55
$63
MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$86,871 - $128,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
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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$92,751 - $131,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$45.75 - $62.67  
   
Overtime
$50.00 - $92.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
   
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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$92,751 - $131,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 501
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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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As Staff Pharmacists make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Pharmacy Director position pays around the same amount as the Staff Pharmacist job on average. 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 $13K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Pharmacist


Staff Pharmacists flock to CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Rite Aid Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Staff Pharmacists, comfortable salaries can be found at The Kroger Company; in fact, median earnings sit around $130K, the highest in the area. Staff Pharmacists will also find cushy salaries at Rite Aid Corporation (+$128K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (+$125K), and Target Corporation (+$122K).

With a median salary of $118K, 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 approaching the lower end are CVS / Pharmacy at $120K, CVS Caremark Corporation at $120K, and Target Corporation at $122K.


Staff Pharmacists report using a pretty varied skill set 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Hospital pharmacy and Pharmacotherapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Pharmacist

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


Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $106K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Pharmacists make a median salary of $117K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $118K on average.

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Experience Affects Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$115,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Mail Order Pharmacy
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Retail Pharmacy
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Hospital Education
0%

National Average
$115,000

Long Term Care
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Pharmacotherapy
up arrow 5%

Hospital pharmacy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%
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