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How Much Money Can You Earn as a Pharmacist?

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Working as a pharmacist is great for multiple reasons. First, you get to help people. On top of that, you get to enjoy a stable career in an industry that won’t slow down any time soon. For these reasons, many pharmacists are content with their roles.

What Do Pharmacists Do?

Pharmacists have a range of tasks to do each day, with the primary responsibilities being to:

  • Dispense medications to patients
  • Ensure the quality of medications
  • Organise prescriptions and medications
  • Advise patients on common ailments
  • Provide physical exams like taking blood pressure

With all of these responsibilities, it makes sense that pharmacists would get paid a fair or – even better – lucrative salary.

How much pharmacists earn depends on their experience, where they work, and how many shifts they take. It depends on what kind of pharmacist they are, too. For example, a locum pharmacist can earn a high wage by taking higher-paying shifts. With a system like Workflare, locum pharmacists have more control over the pay they take home, as they can easily pick and choose local pharmacy shifts that work for them.

What is the Average Salary for a Pharmacist in the UK?

The average salary for a pharmacist is £41-45k per annum, with the starting salary at around £32k. That is higher than the average salary in the UK, which sits at about £38k. Still, it’s not as high as other healthcare roles, such as GPs, who earn between £62-£93k per year (on average).

Remember that how much a pharmacist earns depends on their experience and where they work, though. It is perfectly possible for pharmacists to earn a lot more than £45k, with some of the highest paid earning up to £90,000 per year!

How Can a Pharmacist Earn More?

Knowing the potential earnings of pharmacists is likely encouraging you to put effort into earning more. How exactly do you do that, though?

Most of the time, the highest earners have been in their career a long time and have worked to the top. It’s all about having a goal and working toward it. However, the high earners also know when to move on when necessary. If one pharmacy isn’t paying you enough, it might be worth applying to a different pharmacy for a higher salary.

Working as a pharmacist locum is another way to earn more. With more shift choices, you can work more hours and choose shifts that pay more. Plus, if you build a good reputation over time, you will be able to charge more hourly.

If you’re truly determined to increase your income, you can also use your knowledge as a pharmacist for a side hustle, such as technical writing, teaching, and even online content creating. There are always ways to boost your earnings!

In Summary

As you can see, how much you can earn as a pharmacist varies greatly. However, if you stick to your usual salaried work, you can expect to earn between £41-45k, which will likely grow over time along with your experience.

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Mandy Kloppers
Author: Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.

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