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Pharmacist pay & the gender gap

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The Office of National Statistics collects data on paywhich, since 2011, has included pharmacists. Their data is sourced from a sample of PAYE records (so excludesself-employed locums). 

Median salary is the ONS preferred measure, removing thedistorting effect of very high or low salaries, and is used below.  The data relates to full-time pharmacists.  Data for 2012 is still provisional. 

Pharmacist payMedian pay for pharmacistsincreased by 9% between 2011 and 2012. This seems optimistic and shows the data is far from perfect, but Ithink it’s still a useful guide. 

Women are found to be paid around17% less than men.  This compares poorlyto the 8%pay difference found by the C+D Salary Survey and the 9.6%national pay difference.  Thedifference may be larger due to a potentially greater number of women workingin hospital pharmacy who may earn less than their community counterparts.

I’ve now run out of things to sayso have thrown in some random facts below.

At the median salary in 2012 of£41,746, individuals contributed around £2,540 in taxes towards healthcare.  There’s more analysis of government taxspending at

As an interesting comparison, theBureau of Labour Statistics in the US also collects salary data relating topharmacists.  In May 2012, the mediansalary of a pharmacist there was $116,670 (£75,500).  The pay difference between hospital andcommunity pharmacists is small at around 3%.

For a different perspective, a UKpharmacist’s median salary places them in the top20% of UK earners paid via PAYE and make them part of the richest 0.19% in the world.

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  • Excellent graphical information about salary of being a Pharmacist. Pharmacists are very well compensated for the services they provide. To find out more about Pharmacist salary, visit our page.

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