Entry-Level Pharmacist Salary

On average, Entry-Level Pharmacists earn six-figure salaries ($104K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Cash earnings of Entry-Level Pharmacists can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $73K to almost $130K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Entry-Level Pharmacists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Entry-Level Pharmacists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,259 - $126,974
$61K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $104,043
10%
50%
90%

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$43.96 - $63.45
$44
$55
$63
MEDIAN: $55.25
10%
50%
90%

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$0$130K
Salary $61,259 - $126,974
Bonus $730 - $10,182
Profit Sharing $983 - $10,000
Commission $1,000
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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$73,714 - $130,650
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,862
Hourly Data $0$93
Hourly Rate $43.96 - $63.45
Hourly Tips $0.30
Overtime $9.76 - $93.82
Annual Data $0$130K
Bonus $730 - $10,182
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $983 - $10,000
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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$73,714 - $130,650
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,061

Pharmacist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist


CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., and Rite Aid Pharmacy are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Pharmacists. Those at Target Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $126K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Safeway, Inc., CVS Caremark Corporation, and Meijer, Inc., top-paying firms where Entry-Level Pharmacists rake in a whopping $124K, $122K, or $122K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Rite Aid Corporation at $108K, Rite Aid Pharmacy at $111K, and Publix Super Markets Inc, where $112K is the norm.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,721

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

For Entry-Level Pharmacists, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Pharmacists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+5 percent), Indianapolis (+4 percent), San Francisco (+4 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Atlanta and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Pharmacist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Pharmacist in Lake Worth:
"The unsure future of the profession."
Consider an alternative profession.

Pharmacist in Georgia:
"Are you kidding me?"
Think long and hard about what your are doing--don't just fall back on your classroom knowledge. Try to keep current on new meds/therapies as they come along, especially if you are practicing in a specialty area--you can become woefully behind the times quickly if you aren't careful!

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

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

Key Stats for Pharmacist

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 154 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
13%

Skills That Affect Pharmacist Salaries

Managed Care
▲12%


Residency
▲5%

Compounding
▲4%

National Average
$110,000

Pharmacotherapy
▼1%


Long Term Care
▼3%

Oncology
▼3%

Pharmacist
▼4%

Mail Order Pharmacy
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 16%