Pharmacy Assistant Salary
Pharmacy Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $12.20 per hour on average. The majority of Pharmacy Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. Most Pharmacy Assistants survey respondents are women (72 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$20,943 - $87,586|
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|$19,557 - $43,449|
|Hourly Rate||$9.34 - $18.84|
|Overtime||$11.92 - $22.15|
|Total Pay (||$19,557 - $43,449|
Job Description for Pharmacy Assistant
Pharmacy assistants are responsible for assisting licensed pharmacists with various administrative duties within pharmacies. Generally, these assistants work hours which are commensurate with the hours of the pharmacy, which may include overnight or weekend shifts on occasion. Although they work with pharmacists, and other technicians and assistants, formal education is not generally required; however, those with training and prior experience within a pharmacy may be preferred by some employers. Prior customer service and clerical experience is highly beneficial, as well.Read More...
Pharmacy assistants may have a wide range of responsibilities, including: administrative duties; customer service duties; purchasing medications; merchandising; stocking shelves and taking inventory; answering phone calls; maintaining and filing accurate records; answering prescription-related questions; directing relevant questions to on-duty pharmacists; establishing and maintaining customer account information; managing a cash register; preparing insurance claim forms; and maintaining a clean and organized environment at all times.
Aspiring pharmacy assistants must be able to handle emergency situations with ease and should have proficient computer skills, superb communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and a compassionate attitude. They should also be able to stay on their feet for long periods of time, lift heavy boxes, and retrieve supplies from various areas. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Pharmacy Assistant Tasks
- Receive, store and inventory pharmacy supplies within specified guidelines.
- Performs clerical support; answers telephone inquiries, files, compiles and maintains prescription records and database.
- Accept prescriptions for filling, gathering and processing necessary information.
- Assist pharmacists and technicians with customer service.
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Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Assistant
Pay by Experience for a Pharmacy Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Pharmacy Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 162 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pharmacy Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Pharmacy Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 29 salaries. A Pharmacy Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 9 salaries.
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