Published Online: Tuesday, August 1, 2006

The salary for pharmacy professionals continues to increase, according to the 2006 Pharmacy Compensation Survey—Spring Edition. Nationally, the position of staff pharmacist receives a median total cash compensation (which includes base salary and annual bonus) of $98,300, compared with $93,000 last year—an increase of 5.4%. The semiannual survey, published by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, found that pharmacy team manager, pharmacy technician, and pharmacy graduate also see increases of >4.2%.

Geography is a factor in the varying pay levels. The survey indicated pay for a staff pharmacist in lower-payment cities such as New Orleans, La ($93,700), Kansas City, Mo ($93,300), Omaha, Neb ($86,000), and Pittsburgh, Pa ($84,000), compared with the national median for total cash compensation. Cities in California, however, exceeded the national median, including San Jose ($109,100) and San Francisco ($107,700).

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