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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 2017 survey results, the fastest growing job is Pharmacy Resident with an 8.5% increase since 2016. Are you keeping pace with salary changes related to this position? With over 318,900 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 and help both your clients and employees.

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  • Pricing
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  • 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.

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 (never employee self-reported) 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: 53
  • # of Participating Organizations: 326
  • # of Employee Observations: 318,945
  • # of Policy Topics: 16

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


Data Submission Tools

Compensation Questionnaire
Job Matching Booklet

To become a survey participant, download the compensation questionnaire above, review and complete the questionnaire, and then submit. It's that simple! We understand the level of sensitivity in the data provided and will hold your data in the strictest confidence.

2018 Participation is now open!

Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results. To participate in the 2018 survey, please submit your completed questionnaire before the deadline. As a survey participant, you do receive key benefits:

  • A discount on survey results!
  • An exclusive invitation to survey events - attend results webcasts and meetings where Mercer consultants will review the results and identify market trends and factors. You'll also be able to ask questions directly related to your organization.
  • Ensure your data is included in the market results - easily determine your market position with customized reports that compare your company data to your peers.

2018 Survey Schedule

Participation opens: January 11
Participation closes: February 23
Results available: May

Participation Webcasts

To better understand the submission process, as well as the survey data collected, attend a participation webcast. Register here.

2018 Pricing

Single-state operation — USD 1,420
Multi-state or specialty operations — USD 2,675

Single-state operation — USD 4,260
Multi-state or specialty operations — USD 8,025


Product Participant Non-Participant
2017 US Pharmacy Compensation Survey – Single-State Pharmacy Operations USD 1,350 USD 4,050
2017 US Pharmacy Compensation Survey – Multi-State or Specialty Pharmacy Operations USD 2,550 USD 7,650

Additional buying options are available. Call us to learn how you can lock in rates for two or more years and qualify for additional discounts.

Please note:

  • Additional users may be added during checkout for $200 each per module/survey.
  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2018 results will be available for purchase in May. For more information, please reference the 2018 Participation tab.

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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.
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