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US Pharmacy Compensation Survey

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The US Pharmacy Compensation Survey provides all the details on salary ranges, pay practices, and trends that are happening in the pharmacy industry today. Endorsed by a steering committee of retail pharmacies, health plans, PBMs, hospitals, and long-term care providers from around the US, this salary survey is designed to help you overcome the most pressing pharmacy challenges, such as employee retention, talent acquisition, and policy development and implementation.

Based on the 2018 survey results, a Pharmacy Technician Supervisor had one of the largest increases in base pay since 2017, at 14.5%. Are you keeping pace with salary changes related to this position? With over 346,000 employee observations, whether it's an intern, pharmacist, or technician, by analyzing this conclusive compensation data on base pay, incentive amounts, salary ranges, and other organizational data, you can optimize your compensation strategy.

Survey Details at a Glance
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing
  • Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • Participating Companies


Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN®, giving you access to the data through a variety of parameters – including geography, industry, company size, and more – to more efficiently organize and analyze the information. Mercer WIN enables you to customize your analysis by job as well as compare job descriptions side by side, change pay elements to support the right level of analysis, perform function and career-level analysis, export your data for integration into other systems, and run presentation-quality detailed or summary reports. A published PDF of the survey results can also be found here.

Salary Survey Methodology

Mercer surveys are designed using the most accurate and up-to-date market data practices. Data is collected from HR professionals at participating organizations and then analyzed for validity, thoroughness, and market representation based on the organization's size, structure, geographic region, or a combination of these factors. A minimum number of incumbents, organizations, and distinct organizations are required in order to report each data element. If minimums are not met, the market data is suppressed, ensuring you the highest level of data confidentiality.

Product Details

Survey Stats

  • # of Pharmacy Positions: 54
  • # of Participating Organizations: 303
  • # of Employee Observations: 346,115

Based on data from the 2018 US Pharmacy Compensation Survey

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • FLSA Status
  • Hours Scheduled
  • Incentive Amounts
  • Incentive Eligibility
  • Organization Data
  • Salary Range
  • Store Script Volume
  • Technician Certified
  • Union Status

Data Analyzed

Industry Specialization

  • Chain Drug Store
  • Hospital/Healthcare System
  • Mail-order/PBM
  • Managed Care/Health Plan
  • Mass Merchandiser
  • Nuclear
  • Specialty Services to Long-term Care Facilities
  • Supermarket

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan Area
  • National
  • Zip Code


  • FTEs
  • Number of Pharmacies
  • Revenue
  • Script Volume

Position Families Analyzed

  • Intern
  • Management
  • Pharmacist
  • Technician
  • Service Associate


Product Participant Non-Participant
2018 US Pharmacy Compensation Survey – Single-State Pharmacy Operations USD 1,420 USD 4,260
2018 US Pharmacy Compensation Survey – Multi-State or Specialty Pharmacy Operations USD 2,675 USD 8,025

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Survey Schedule

  • Questionnaire Distributed: January 11
  • Participation Deadline: February 23
  • Data Effective Date: January
  • Report Available: May

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this survey.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey for a glimpse at what’s included.

Participating Companies

  • Ahold USA, Inc.
  • Alliance Health
  • Atlanticare Regional Medical Center
  • Atrius Health, Inc.
  • Augusta University Health System
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Baylor Scott & White Health Llc
  • Baystate Health System
  • Bon Secours Richmond Health System
  • Cardinal Health, Incorporated
  • Carilion Health Systems
  • Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Cedars-Sinai Health System
  • Centura Health
  • Children's Health Dallas
  • Children's Hospital Of Orange County
  • Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles
  • Childrens Mercy Hospital
  • Christiana Care
  • Cigna
  • Cleveland Clinic Health System
  • Community Health Network
  • Cook Children's Health Care System
  • CVS Caremark Corporation
  • Dignity Health
  • Essentia Health System
  • Express Scripts, Inc.
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Franciscan Alliance
  • Fred's, Incorporated
  • Froedtert Health
  • Geisinger Health System
  • Grady Health System
  • H-E-B
  • Health First
  • HealthPartners Inc.
  • Heartland Health Systems
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Highmark
  • Houston Methodist
  • Humana Inc.
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
  • Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Mayo Clinic Foundation
  • Medimpact Healthcare Systems, Inc.
  • Medstar Health
  • Meijer Inc
  • Mercy Health
  • Moses Cone Hospital
  • MultiCare Health System
  • Nash Finch Company
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Northwell Health, Inc.
  • Norton Healthcare
  • Novant Health
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • OhioHealth
  • OnePoint Patient Care
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Prime Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Providence Health Systems - Washington Region
  • Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Raley's
  • Renown Health
  • Safeway Stores Inc
  • Saint Francis Health System
  • SCL Health
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Sentara Health System
  • Shands HealthCare
  • ShopKo Stores, Inc.
  • Southeastern Grocers
  • Spectrum Health System
  • SSM Health Care St. Louis
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Stanford Health Care
  • Stanford University
  • Tenet Healthcare Corporation
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • Texas Health Resources
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • The Kroger Co.
  • The Medical University of South Carolina Hospital Authority
  • The Reading Hospital And Medical Center
  • Trinity Health
  • Truman Medical Center
  • UnitedHealth Group Incorporated
  • University Hospitals Of Cleveland
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • University of Kansas Hospital
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Vermont Medical Center
  • University Of Wisconsin Hospital And Clinics
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Walgreen Company
  • Wellcare Health Plans, Inc.
  • West Virginia University Hospitals
  • Westminster Communities of Florida
  • Wyoming Medical Center
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  • Short DescriptionData on salary ranges, pay practices & trends happening in the pharmacy industry.