PHARMACY SALARIES CONTINUE TO RISE

AUGUST 01, 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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