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Staff Pharmacist Salary (United States)

An average Staff Pharmacist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54.16 per hour. In the world of Staff Pharmacists, overall income ranges from $91K near the bottom to $130K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though tenure and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Women make up a slight majority of Staff Pharmacists (53 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Staff Pharmacist Salary (?
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$82,420 - $127,427
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MEDIAN: $108,557
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Staff Pharmacist Salary (?
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$44.90 - $61.76
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MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$82,420 - $127,427  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,103  
Profit Sharing
$1,462 - $6,994  
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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$90,589 - $129,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 322
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$44.90 - $61.76  
   
Overtime
$46.34 - $92.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,103  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,462 - $6,994  
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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$90,589 - $129,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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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 transition into upper-level roles such as Pharmacy Director, they may see an upturn in salary. The average Pharmacy Director earns $125K per year. Staff Pharmacists most often move into positions as Pharmacists or Hospital Staff Pharmacists. Pharmacists actually earn $11K less on average, however, and Hospital Staff Pharmacists earn $11K 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, Target Corporation, and CVS Caremark Corporation are top-notch employers for Staff Pharmacists in this area. Staff Pharmacists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Kroger Company, where the average salary comes to $128K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Rite Aid Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and CVS Caremark Corporation, where Staff Pharmacists typically earn around $126K, $123K, or $120K, respectively.
Target Corporation reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $118K) but some workers make up to $135K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are CVS / Pharmacy ($118K), Walgreen's Pharmacy ($118K), and CVS Caremark Corporation ($120K).

Staff Pharmacists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Mail Order Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapy, and Hospital pharmacy 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.
Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $106K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $116K. Staff Pharmacists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $117K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Staff Pharmacists, 8 percent higher than the national average. New York is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Richmond (6 percent less) and Dallas (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$113,000
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Skills That Affect Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Mail Order Pharmacy
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National Average
$113,000
Pharmacotherapy
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
53%
female alumni
 
Male
47%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%