The average hourly pay for a Pharmacy Assistant is $13.32.
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What Do Pharmacy Assistants Do?
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.…Read more
Job Satisfaction for Pharmacy Assistant
Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacy Assistant
The top respondents for the job title Pharmacy Assistant are from the companies Kaiser Permanente, Rite Aid Corp and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Kaiser Permanente where the average pay is $18.49. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Bartell Drug Company, earning around $15.23. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc pays the lowest at around $10.06. CVS / Pharmacy also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.00.
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Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT)
Performance Improvement Specialist
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What Are Popular Skills for Pharmacy Assistants?
Skills in Retail Pharmacy, Data Entry and Cash Handling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Prescription Administration and Customer Service.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Assistants?
An entry-level Pharmacy Assistant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $12.01 based on 64 salaries. An early career Pharmacy Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.64 based on 125 salaries. A mid-career Pharmacy Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.10 based on 35 salaries. An experienced Pharmacy Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.38 based on 40 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $18.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Pharmacy Assistant in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 89.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (14.2% more) and Everett, Washington (3.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Olympia, Washington (16.0% less), Bellingham, Washington (6.2% less) and Tacoma, Washington (5.3% less).
Years of Experience
This data is based on 276 survey responses.