Pharmacist - Federal Salaries of 2018
Pay Rates for "Pharmacist"How much does a Pharmacist in the federal government get paid? $121,623.44* *Based on the 2018 average.
Pharmacist was the 31st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 10,909 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2018, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Pharmacist, with an average salary of $123,406.
Government Pharmacist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.
This occupation includes all positions which involve professional and scientific work in the field of pharmacy. The work typically involves the compounding of prescriptions of physicians, dentists, and other licensed practitioners; the formulation, preparation, bulk compounding, selection, dispensing and preservation of drugs, medicines, and chemicals; research and investigation in developing special vehicles or variations of standard formulas to meet the needs of individual patients and in developing original techniques of compounding and making available for use new investigational drugs; advising on drug therapy and usage; or performing administrative, consultive, or staff advisory work concerning the administration of a pharmacy program for hospital, clinic, or other medical care facility. Some positions involve the evaluation of drug proposals submitted by private industry and the surveillance of marketed drugs for safety and efficacy.
Agencies that have hired a Pharmacist
|Agency||Employees Hired||Average Salary|
|Veterans Health Administration||9,861||$123,405.90|
|Food and Drug Administration||346||$123,146.80|
|Indian Health Service||292||$103,590.44|
|Office Secretary Health and Human Services||223||$67,788.24|
|National Institutes of Health||112||$122,754.62|
|Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services||30||$127,221.27|
|Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System||21||$92,920.00|
|Department of Veterans Affairs||11||$57,570.09|
|Health Resources and Services Administration||5||$132,366.20|
|U.S. Agency for International Development||2||$137,508.50|
|Program Support Center||1||$120,102.00|
|Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs)||1||$162,666.00|
|Nuclear Regulatory Commission||1||$161,909.00|
|Office of Personnel Management||1||$164,200.00|
|Office of Workers' Compensation Programs||1||$161,746.00|
Pharmacist Pay Distribution
The average pay for a Pharmacist is $121,623.44. The highest paid Pharmacist made $225,000 in 2018.
Common Pharmacist Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Pharmacist Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||10,144|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E||681|
|EI - Advisory Committee Member (other)||69|
|RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only.||8|
|RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only.||4|
|EG - Consultant (other)||1|
|FP - Foreign Service Personnel||1|
|SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified||1|
|Occupation Family:||0600 MEDICAL, HOSPITAL, DENTAL, AND PUBLIC HEALTH GROUP|
Average Pharmacist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021
In 2004, the average pay for a Pharmacist was $84,245. Since then, the average pay has increased to $131,753 in 2021.
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