Pharmacist

Some of the unsung heroes keeping us healthy, pharmacists quietly add order to the overwhelming world of medications.

Overview

Pharmacists are licensed medical professionals who are responsible for the compounding and dispensing of medications to patients holding a prescription from a physician or another medical professional. Pharmacists are experts in the field of available medications, their applications, benefits and risks. They often offer advice and instructions about each prescribed medication and serve as the last safety net for identifying potential negative drug interactions that a customer might experience based upon other medications they are actively using. Pharmacists are typically employed in a retail or hospital setting. Regardless of the setting, their responsibilities are usually very similar.

To become a licensed pharmacist one typically obtains an undergraduate degree in Science. After obtaining a bachelor of science degree those interested in becoming a pharmacist attend a pharmaceutical school for formal training. Most pharmacy schools require candidates to complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

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Salary Range

Below is the expected Pharmacist salary range in your area as well as the salary range in top paying cities.

Median Salary
Salary Range
National
$120,926
$97k $135k
Washington DC
$117,831
$100k $129k
Phoenix, AZ
$115,450
$111k $123k
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
$112,320
$99k $125k
Chicago, IL
$109,500
$98k $122k

Top Paying Companies

Pharmacist salaries can vary widely across companies. Here are some of the top paying companies you should consider.

1. UnitedHealth Group

Salary
$124,064
Headquarters
Minnetonka, MN
Size
150K+ Employees
Type
Company - Public
Industry
Insurance
Revenue
$122B+ (USD) per year

2. JFK Memorial Hospital

Salary
$123,204
Headquarters
Indio
Size
0+ Employees
Type
Company - Private
Revenue
$180K+ (USD) per year

3. Walmart

Salary
$118,782
Headquarters
Bentonville, AR
Size
10,000+ Employees
Type
Company - Public
Industry
Retail
Revenue
$10B+ (USD) per year

4. Target

Salary
$116,751
Headquarters
Minneapolis, MN
Size
360K+ Employees
Type
Company - Public
Industry
Retail
Revenue
$72B+ (USD) per year

5. Save Mart

Salary
$113,361
Headquarters
Modesto, CA
Size
17,500+ Employees
Type
Company - Private
Industry
Retail
Revenue
$2B+ (USD) per year

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Job Title
Median Salary
vs. Pharmacist
Number of Jobs
Staff Pharmacist
$106,040
-4%
5,526
Clinical Pharmacist
$99,445
-10%
8,677
Graduate Pharmacist
$77,105
-30%
11,171
Pharmacy Manager
$124,865
+14%
28,220