Pharmacist Salary

Salaries for Pharmacists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. In the world of Pharmacists, overall income ranges from $83K near the bottom to $136K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$73,010 - $133,058
$73K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,839
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$46.32 - $65.97
$46
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MEDIAN: $57.25
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$0$136K
Salary $73,010 - $133,058
Bonus $613 - $11,896
Profit Sharing $961 - $9,792
Commission $0.00
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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$82,583 - $136,825
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,085
Hourly Data $0$96
Hourly Rate $46.32 - $65.97
Hourly Tips $0.24
Overtime $9.74 - $96.77
Annual Data $0$136K
Bonus $613 - $11,896
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $961 - $9,792
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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$82,583 - $136,825
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,340

Job Description for Pharmacist

Pharmacists work primarily for pharmacies and drugstores; however, hospitals and medical clinics may employ their own pharmacists to dispense drugs directly to patients. Pharmacists who work for hospitals must analyze both in-patient and out-patient medication, so close attention to detail is very important in this position to ensure the accuracy of filled prescriptions.

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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 Pharmacist


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At the upper end, 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. A Retail Pharmacist or a Pharmacist in Charge is a typical transition from a Pharmacist role.

Pharmacist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., and Rite Aid Pharmacy are all popular places to work. Pharmacists flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $129K lead the pack in compensation; however, Kaiser Permanente also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $81K at one end to $181K at the other end. Those in search of high salaries should also consider CVS Caremark Corporation, The Kroger Company, and Safeway, Inc., top-paying firms where Pharmacists rake in a whopping $128K, $124K, or $124K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Kmart Corporation at $116K, and Walmart.com where $117K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Pharmacists there earn up to $150K.

Popular Skills for Pharmacist


Pharmacists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Immunization, Pediatrics, Managed Care, and Add New: Hospital Pharmacy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include immunizations. It is often found that people who know Hospital Education are also skilled in Long Term Care and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacist

Pay by Experience for a Pharmacist has a positive trend. An entry-level Pharmacist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 3,070 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 1,207 salaries. An experienced Pharmacist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 1,211 salaries. A Pharmacist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $121,000 based on 1,174 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,799

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Pharmacists, working in the bustling city of Phoenix has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Pharmacists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+5 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), and Dallas (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Boston and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Pharmacist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Pharmacist?

Pharmacist in St. Paul:
"Fun."
Pros: Making medicine for people that are sick.
Cons: That it involves dangerous chemicals.

Pharmacist in Woburn:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: It is great to work as a pharmacist in managed care. You get great benefits and your hours are steady.
Cons: Very stressful and very little pay.

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Key Stats for Pharmacist

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 397 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Pharmacist Salaries

▲4%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$116,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries

Immunization
▲8%

Pediatrics
▲4%

▲3%


Add New: Hospital Pharmacy
▲2%

Patient Counseling
▲1%

National Average
$116,000

Long Term Care
▼1%

▼1%

▼1%



▼2%

Hospital
▼2%

Mail Order Pharmacy
▼3%

immunizations
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 397 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 18%