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    Drug Topics' 2015 Salary Survey: Pharmacist incomes hold steady

    Satisfaction among pharmacists remains high, thanks in part to favorable compensation and benefits

    While the healthcare industry is rapidly evolving, one thing remains the same: Most pharmacists are happy in their profession. Pharmacists responding to Drug Topics’ 2015 salary survey continue to report high levels of satisfaction, in part because of the low unemployment, infrequent overtime, and high salaries that are characteristic of the profession.

    But the field isn't immune to the changing healthcare landscape, and as more Americans obtain healthcare coverage and pharmacists assume greater responsibilities in providing patient care, pharmacists are also finding that workload and stress levels are also on the rise.

    Marvin Moore"We're still holding onto the traditional roles of filling prescriptions and handing those to patients, and counseling and all that goes into that, but on top of that, more and more pharmacists are providing immunizations and taking blood pressures and healthcare screenings. And then, you know, we've got these MTM opportunities that we are trying to fit into the day as well," said Marvin Moore, PharmD, president and owner of The Medicine Shoppe in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

    This year's salary survey polled 1,987 pharmacists working across the country in independent, hospital, chain, retail, mail-order, and payer environments to gauge trends in satisfaction, salaries, workloads, and stress among those in the field.

    Overall, nearly three-quarters of survey participants (73.2%) reported being either satisfied, very satisfied, or extremely satisfied with their jobs.

    Unemployment rates also continue to remain low, with 85.4% of respondents reporting full-time employment this year. Only 1.2% of those who responded were either unemployed or a temporary employee.

    Significant overtime is also not a factor for most pharmacists. According to the results, slightly more than half of the respondents — 52.3% —work between 40 and 44 hours a week, with just 8.1% reporting 50 or more work hours each week.

     

    Jill Sederstrom
    Jill Sederstrom is a Contributing Editor

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    • RomaDowney
      Pharmacists are highly trained professionals who are able to evaluate certain medication use; prepare and dispense medications; educate patients about those medications; communicate with other health care providers. Pharmaceutical scientists are professionals who are expertly trained to develop, discover, manufacture and test new medications. For more information, visit our Pharmacy Technician page. It explains about pharmacy technician and pharmacist.
    • Anonymous
      Funny, I don't know any of these pharmacists that are satisfied with their jobs. Favorable benefits? Ours are garbage!
    • SteveAriens
      It seems that with a sampling of less than 1% of the labor pool seems extremely low to come to a valid conclusion. Does the 13%-14% that are employed.. but not full time.. working P/T voluntarily or involuntarily ? And some 10%-12% working for < $50/hr.. which was a normal pay scale 7-8 yrs ago.. would suggest that the pharmacist employment market/demand .. is not all that strong and perhaps weakening.. There was some 5 K/yr graduates 40 years ago.. that are now entering retirement age and we are now graduating some 14 -15 K/yr.. store growth is nearly stagnant ... and there are rumors that the majors are reevaluating all their 24 hr operations and may be trimming the number of 24 hr stores.. IMO.. the larger/long term picture for Pharmacist demand.. doesn't look all that rosy
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