The average hourly pay for a Pharmacy Assistant is $12.32.
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$23 - $12,000
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$19,701 - $41,772
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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.…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Pharmacy Assistant
The top respondents for the job title Pharmacy Assistant are from the companies Kaiser Permanente, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc and Rite Aid Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Kaiser Permanente where the average pay is $20.21. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Bartell Drug Company, earning around $14.92. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc pays the lowest at around $9.87. CVS / Pharmacy also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $10.00.
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Popular Skills for Pharmacy Assistant
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Retail Pharmacy, Cash Handling, Data Entry and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.
Pay by Experience Level for Pharmacy Assistant
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 $11.29 based on 86 salaries. An early career Pharmacy Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.15 based on 175 salaries. A mid-career Pharmacy Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.93 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Pharmacy Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.45 based on 42 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $17.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Pharmacy Assistant in their job title in Everett, Washington earn an average of 11.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Puyallup, Washington (1.8% more) and Tacoma, Washington (1.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (18.2% less), Columbus, Ohio (2.6% less) and Seattle, Washington (0.9% less).
Years of Experience
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