Average Entry-Level Pharmacist Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Pharmacist is $101,940.
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$67k - $123k
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$76k - $127k

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Job Description for Pharmacist

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacist

The top respondents for the job title Pharmacist are from the companies Walgreen's Pharmacy, CVS / Pharmacy and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Reported salaries are highest at CVS / Pharmacy where the average pay is $113,556. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Rite Aid Corp and Walgreen's Pharmacy, earning around $113,476 and $110,947, respectively. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc pays the lowest at around $96,984. Rite Aid Pharmacy and C.V.S. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $103,348 and $105,144, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Pharmacist. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Pharmacy Manager
Clinical Pharmacist
Pharmacy Director
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Pharmacist

Skills in Retail Pharmacy, Hospital Education, Pharmacotherapy, Patient Counseling and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacist

An early career Pharmacist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $108,116 based on 3,239 salaries. A mid-career Pharmacist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $116,791 based on 1,446 salaries. An experienced Pharmacist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $119,208 based on 1,483 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $119,925.
Employees with Pharmacist in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 6.6% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (3.6% less), Houston, Texas (3.6% less) and Chicago, Illinois (3.2% less).

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