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Pharmacist Average Salary in Spain 2020

How much money does a Pharmacist make in Spain?

Average Monthly Salary
5,950 EUR
( 71,400 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Pharmacist in Spain typically earns around 5,950 EUR per month. Salaries range from 3,040 EUR (lowest) to 9,170 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Spain

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

  • Salary Range

    Pharmacist salaries in Spain range from 3,040 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 9,170 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,830 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 5,830 EUR while the other half are earning more than 5,830 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 3,990 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,990 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 7,350 EUR while 25% are earning more than 7,350 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 3,400 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,450 EUR per month, 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 6,220 EUR per month, 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 7,480 EUR per month, 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 8,120 EUR per month, 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 8,770 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pharmacist average salary change by experience in Spain

0 - 2 Years
3,400 EUR
2 - 5 Years+31%
4,450 EUR
5 - 10 Years+40%
6,220 EUR
10 - 15 Years+20%
7,480 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
8,120 EUR
20+ Years+8%
8,770 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 4,200 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 7,450 EUR per month, 77% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Pharmacist average salary difference by education level in Spain

Bachelor's Degree
4,200 EUR
Master's Degree+77%
7,450 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 Spain costs anywhere from 25,100 Euro(s) to 75,200 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 Spain earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

5,770 EUR
6,140 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Spain for all Careers

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Pharmacist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Spain

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


Pharmacist(s) in Spain are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 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.

Spain / All Professions

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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 Spain is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Spain 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 Spain

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Spain 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Pharmacist employees in Spain earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
4,900 EUR
Public Sector+5%
5,120 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pharmacist Salary Trend and Forecast in Spain

How are Pharmacist salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
5,330 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
5,530 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
5,650 EUR
Average Salary 2019+3%
5,840 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pharmacist salaries in Spain are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Pharmacist Average Hourly Wage in Spain

34 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Spain is 34 EUR. This means that the average Pharmacist in Spain earns approximately 34 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 monthly Spain
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The average salary for Pharmacist is 12% more than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist4,430 EUR-26%
Assistant Pharmacy Director7,830 EUR+32%
Associate Medical Affairs Director7,420 EUR+25%
Bioinformatics Scientist6,590 EUR+11%
Bioinformatics Technician4,550 EUR-24%
Biological Scientist7,210 EUR+21%
Biological Technician4,520 EUR-24%
Biomedical Engineer4,450 EUR-25%
Biomedical Engineering Director6,320 EUR+6%
Biostatistician5,430 EUR-9%
Biotechnologist 5,100 EUR-14%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager4,600 EUR-23%
Chemical Process Technician4,720 EUR-21%
Clinical Consultant5,450 EUR-8%
Clinical Data Manager5,870 EUR-1%
Clinical Data Specialist5,160 EUR-13%
Clinical Operations Manager6,260 EUR+5%
Clinical Pharmacist5,850 EUR-2%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist6,060 EUR+2%
Clinical Programmer3,640 EUR-39%
Clinical Project Manager5,230 EUR-12%
Clinical Research Associate5,320 EUR-11%
Clinical Research Manager6,400 EUR+8%
Clinical Study Manager6,780 EUR+14%
Compliance Specialist5,800 EUR-3%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist4,650 EUR-22%
Cytotechnologist4,660 EUR-22%
GCP Auditor5,660 EUR-5%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician4,920 EUR-17%
Manufacturing Engineer5,060 EUR-15%
Medical Affairs Director7,200 EUR+21%
Medical Representative 4,040 EUR-32%
Medical Science Liaison5,400 EUR-9%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist6,190 EUR+4%
Nuclear Pharmacist1,070 EUR-82%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead8,190 EUR+38%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager7,760 EUR+30%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer5,690 EUR-4%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager5,400 EUR-9%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor6,050 EUR+2%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant4,610 EUR-23%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist4,890 EUR-18%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate5,880 EUR-1%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist6,930 EUR+16%
Pharmaceutical Researcher7,550 EUR+27%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager6,970 EUR+17%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager7,020 EUR+18%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative4,330 EUR-27%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager6,020 EUR+1%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader5,580 EUR-6%
Pharmaceutical Technologist4,410 EUR-26%
Pharmacist5,950 EUR-0%
Pharmacy Aide4,490 EUR-25%
Pharmacy Manager8,450 EUR+42%
Pharmacy Stock Controller4,020 EUR-32%
Pharmacy Technician3,970 EUR-33%
Records Management Coordinator3,810 EUR-36%
Shift Encapsulator3,900 EUR-34%
Staff Pharmacist5,650 EUR-5%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Barcelona6,080 EUR
Bilbao5,420 EUR
Las Palmas5,570 EUR
Madrid6,240 EUR
Malaga6,050 EUR
Murcia5,890 EUR
Palma de Mallorca5,730 EUR
Sevilla5,780 EUR
Valencia5,930 EUR
Zaragoza5,620 EUR
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