$111,525
Avg. Salary
$57.26
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$2,766

Profit Sharing

$4,482

Commission

$0.00

The average pay for a Pharmacist is $57.26 per hour.

The average pay for a Pharmacist is $111,525 per year.

$47
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$57
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$66
90%
MEDIAN $57
$76k
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50%
$134k
90%
MEDIAN $111,525
$76,457 - $133,619
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MEDIAN: $111,525
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$46.88 - $65.89
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$0$136K
Salary $76,457 - $133,619
Bonus $608 - $10,261
Profit Sharing $980 - $9,820
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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$84,830 - $136,940
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,548
Hourly Data $0$97
Hourly Rate $46.88 - $65.89
Hourly Tips $0.25
Overtime $15.46 - $97.60
Annual Data $0$136K
Bonus $608 - $10,261
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $980 - $9,820
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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$84,830 - $136,940
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,385

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.

Pharmacist Pay By Employer

$0$143K

CVS / Pharmacy
160 profiles
$117,360

$115,505

$121,209

Walgreen Co.
54 profiles
$115,535

Rite Aid Corp
46 profiles
$125,491

$124,994

$128,842

$105,101

$123,182

$108,556

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 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: $116,170

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 Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Pharmacist?

Pharmacist in Newton:
"Worth it."
Days will be hectic, but I love my patients!

Pharmacist in Gloversville:
"Challenging."
Pros: The challenges of everyday work at the store.
Cons: The lack of a lunch break and becomes very busy.

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.

Pharmacist in Fishers:
"Relaxed atmosphere, overly complicated process."
Pros: Friendly coworkers, low stress environment, respectful management, good company culture.
Cons: Dissatisfied customers, very complex computer system, poor training program, lack of opportunity for advancement, knowledge in current position does not translate to my career overall.

Pharmacist in Carlsbad:
Pros: Flexible schedule.
Cons: Fairly stressful not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

Pharmacist in New York:
"How bunrt out you get."
Work in a pharmacy before you commit to it.

Pharmacist in Melbourne:
"Customer Service."
Pros: I enjoy working with people and helping them achieve optimal health.
Cons: Not enough staff help.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Pharmacist

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 707 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
21%

Experience Affects Pharmacist Salaries

▲4%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$116,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries

Immunization
▲8%

Pediatrics
▲4%


▲2%

Add New: Hospital Pharmacy
▲2%

Patient Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$116,000

Long Term Care
▼1%

▼1%



▼2%

Hospital
▼2%

▼3%

Mail Order Pharmacy
▼3%

immunizations
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 707 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 18%