Clinical Pharmacist Salary

Clinical Pharmacists earn around $116K annually on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in San Diego, offering approximately $136K at the median. Clinical Pharmacists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Portland (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$98,623 - $138,661
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MEDIAN: $116,746
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$48.38 - $66.92
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MEDIAN: $56.17
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$0$141K
Salary $98,623 - $138,661
Bonus $996 - $14,848
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$99,574 - $141,366
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 483
Hourly Data $0$99
Hourly Rate $48.38 - $66.92
Overtime $49.93 - $99.36
Annual Data $0$141K
Bonus $996 - $14,848
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$99,574 - $141,366
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 341

Job Description for Clinical Pharmacist

A clinical pharmacist typically is in charge of providing services to the division director, such as assisting with continuing education programs for pharmacy students, health care services, or medical staff. A clinical pharmacist also advises physicians on drug usage and dose control in hospitals/clinics as well. Specifically, a clinical pharmacist must advise physicians on any and all dangers of various drugs, list their side effects, and help them determine the correct dosages for the patient. Additionally, a clinical pharmacist normally coordinates the pharmacy technician’s duties, such as labeling/delivering various medications or supplies, making sure drugs are recorded and delivered, and preparing of drugs. Sometimes, a clinical pharmacist must serve in a mentorship role through means such as training pharmacy residents in practical/theoretical knowledge and facilitating direct, supervised experience. In some instances, a clinical pharmacist must attend various seminars, conventions, and conferences.

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Clinical 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 Clinical Pharmacist


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At the upper end, Clinical Pharmacists who move into a Pharmacy Director role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $129K per year. With an annual salary of $127K, Hospital Pharmacy Director is the most common role for Clinical Pharmacists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Hospital Pharmacist role — which usually pays $104K — is also typical for Clinical Pharmacists, though less common by comparison.

Clinical Pharmacist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Pharmacist


Popular Skills for Clinical Pharmacist


Survey takers working as Clinical Pharmacists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Infectious Disease, Ambulatory Care, Managed Care, and Cardiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency Medicine. Most people familiar with Critical Care also know Pediatrics and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacist

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Pharmacist has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Pharmacist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 428 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Pharmacist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 252 salaries. An experienced Clinical Pharmacist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 159 salaries. A Clinical Pharmacist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 98 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,491

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Key Stats for Clinical Pharmacist

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Clinical Pharmacist Salaries

▲6%

▲5%

▼0%

National Average
$117,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Clinical Pharmacist Salaries

Infectious Disease
▲6%

▲3%

Ambulatory Care
▲3%

▲2%

▲2%

Cardiology
▲2%


National Average
$117,000

Critical Care
▼1%

Anticoagulation
▼2%

Geriatrics
▼3%

Emergency Medicine
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 10%