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Pharmacist Average Salary in Ireland 2020

How much money does a Pharmacist make in Ireland?

Average Yearly Salary
52,100 EUR
( 4,340 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Pharmacist in Ireland typically earns around 52,100 EUR per year. Salaries range from 26,600 EUR (lowest) to 80,300 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Pharmacist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Pharmacist Salary Distribution in Ireland

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Pharmacist salaries in Ireland range from 26,600 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 80,300 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 51,100 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 51,100 EUR while the other half are earning more than 51,100 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 34,900 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 34,900 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 64,400 EUR while 25% are earning more than 64,400 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Pharmacist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Pharmacist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Pharmacist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 29,800 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 38,900 EUR per year, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 54,500 EUR per year, 40% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Pharmacist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 65,500 EUR per year, 20% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 71,100 EUR per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 76,800 EUR per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pharmacist average salary change by experience in Ireland

0 - 2 Years
29,800 EUR
2 - 5 Years+31%
38,900 EUR
5 - 10 Years+40%
54,500 EUR
10 - 15 Years+20%
65,500 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
71,100 EUR
20+ Years+8%
76,800 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Pharmacist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Pharmacist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Pharmacist is 36,800 EUR per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 65,200 EUR per year, 77% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Pharmacist average salary difference by education level in Ireland

Bachelor's Degree
36,800 EUR
Master's Degree+77%
65,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Ireland costs anywhere from 16,000 Euro(s) to 48,100 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Pharmacist employees in Ireland earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

53,600 EUR
50,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ireland for all Careers

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Pharmacist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ireland

How much are annual salary increments in Ireland for Pharmacist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Pharmacist(s) in Ireland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Ireland / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Ireland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ireland for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Pharmacist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ireland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ireland Pharmacist
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A Pharmacist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Pharmacist Average Hourly Wage in Ireland

25 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 25 EUR. This means that the average Pharmacist in Ireland earns approximately 25 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Pharmacist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology yearly Ireland
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The average salary for Pharmacist is 1% more than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist34,200 EUR-34%
Assistant Pharmacy Director61,400 EUR+18%
Associate Medical Affairs Director84,700 EUR+63%
Bioinformatics Scientist76,900 EUR+48%
Bioinformatics Technician35,600 EUR-32%
Biological Scientist83,500 EUR+60%
Biological Technician35,900 EUR-31%
Biomedical Engineer33,300 EUR-36%
Biomedical Engineering Director64,800 EUR+24%
Biostatistician52,700 EUR+1%
Biotechnologist 51,100 EUR-2%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager40,500 EUR-22%
Chemical Process Technician37,100 EUR-29%
Clinical Consultant54,500 EUR+5%
Clinical Data Manager51,400 EUR-1%
Clinical Data Specialist47,400 EUR-9%
Clinical Operations Manager73,700 EUR+41%
Clinical Pharmacist50,900 EUR-2%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist61,700 EUR+18%
Clinical Programmer26,700 EUR-49%
Clinical Project Manager47,400 EUR-9%
Clinical Research Associate45,400 EUR-13%
Clinical Research Manager72,200 EUR+39%
Clinical Study Manager64,900 EUR+25%
Compliance Specialist54,300 EUR+4%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist43,400 EUR-17%
Cytotechnologist43,600 EUR-16%
GCP Auditor46,900 EUR-10%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician40,800 EUR-22%
Manufacturing Engineer44,100 EUR-15%
Medical Affairs Director78,600 EUR+51%
Medical Representative 34,000 EUR-35%
Medical Science Liaison57,700 EUR+11%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist81,300 EUR+56%
Nuclear Pharmacist54,400 EUR+4%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead97,700 EUR+87%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager85,200 EUR+63%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer45,500 EUR-13%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager55,400 EUR+6%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor54,800 EUR+5%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant42,900 EUR-18%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist44,500 EUR-15%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate51,100 EUR-2%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist75,400 EUR+45%
Pharmaceutical Researcher74,900 EUR+44%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager61,100 EUR+17%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager73,400 EUR+41%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative34,900 EUR-33%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager78,600 EUR+51%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader56,400 EUR+8%
Pharmaceutical Technologist39,400 EUR-24%
Pharmacist52,100 EUR-0%
Pharmacy Aide33,700 EUR-35%
Pharmacy Manager73,900 EUR+42%
Pharmacy Stock Controller30,800 EUR-41%
Pharmacy Technician30,400 EUR-42%
Records Management Coordinator28,200 EUR-46%
Shift Encapsulator31,600 EUR-39%
Staff Pharmacist50,300 EUR-3%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork51,800 EUR
Dublin54,600 EUR
Galway46,500 EUR
Limerick49,100 EUR
Waterford48,000 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
37,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
39,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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