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Pharmacist Average Salary in United Kingdom 2022

How much money does a Pharmacist make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
87,600 GBP
( 7,300 GBP monthly)


A person working as a Pharmacist in United Kingdom typically earns around 87,600 GBP per year. Salaries range from 42,900 GBP (lowest) to 137,000 GBP (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 United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Pharmacist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Pharmacist salaries in United Kingdom range from 42,900 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 137,000 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 89,300 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 89,300 GBP while the other half are earning more than 89,300 GBP. 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 59,500 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 59,500 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 115,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 115,000 GBP.

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 50,900 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 65,400 GBP per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 90,200 GBP per year, 38% 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 112,000 GBP per year, 24% 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 120,000 GBP per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 128,000 GBP per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pharmacist average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
50,900 GBP
2 - 5 Years+29%
65,400 GBP
5 - 10 Years+38%
90,200 GBP
10 - 15 Years+24%
112,000 GBP
15 - 20 Years+7%
120,000 GBP
20+ Years+7%
128,000 GBP
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 63,500 GBP per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 102,000 GBP per year, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Pharmacist average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

Bachelor's Degree
63,500 GBP
Master's Degree+60%
102,000 GBP
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 United Kingdom costs anywhere from 29,600 Pound Sterling(s) to 88,700 Pound Sterling(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

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom Pharmacist
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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 United Kingdom earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

89,400 GBP
85,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Pharmacist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

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


Pharmacist(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 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.

United Kingdom / 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 United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2021. 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 United Kingdom

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

41% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% 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 United Kingdom

42 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 42 GBP. This means that the average Pharmacist in United Kingdom earns approximately 42 GBP 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 United Kingdom
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The average salary for Pharmacist is 8% less 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 Pharmacist63,800 GBP-27%
Assistant Pharmacy Director115,000 GBP+31%
Associate Medical Affairs Director159,000 GBP+82%
Bioinformatics Scientist141,000 GBP+61%
Bioinformatics Technician66,700 GBP-24%
Biological Scientist145,000 GBP+66%
Biological Technician63,900 GBP-27%
Biomedical Engineer64,000 GBP-27%
Biomedical Engineering Director116,000 GBP+32%
Biostatistician96,300 GBP+10%
Biotechnologist 98,300 GBP+12%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager74,100 GBP-15%
Chemical Process Technician69,500 GBP-21%
Clinical Consultant91,300 GBP+4%
Clinical Data Manager96,200 GBP+10%
Clinical Data Specialist82,300 GBP-6%
Clinical Operations Manager131,000 GBP+50%
Clinical Pharmacist90,500 GBP+3%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist110,000 GBP+26%
Clinical Programmer50,100 GBP-43%
Clinical Project Manager82,300 GBP-6%
Clinical Research Associate82,700 GBP-6%
Clinical Research Manager139,000 GBP+59%
Clinical Study Manager118,000 GBP+35%
Compliance Specialist101,000 GBP+15%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist78,500 GBP-10%
Cytotechnologist73,000 GBP-17%
GCP Auditor80,500 GBP-8%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician71,700 GBP-18%
Manufacturing Engineer78,100 GBP-11%
Medical Affairs Director144,000 GBP+64%
Medical Representative 65,500 GBP-25%
Medical Science Liaison103,000 GBP+18%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist150,000 GBP+71%
Nuclear Pharmacist98,600 GBP+13%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead177,000 GBP+100%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager151,000 GBP+72%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer81,600 GBP-7%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager107,000 GBP+22%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor106,000 GBP+21%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant79,900 GBP-9%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist81,800 GBP-7%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate98,300 GBP+12%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist145,000 GBP+66%
Pharmaceutical Researcher133,000 GBP+52%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager112,000 GBP+28%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager141,000 GBP+61%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative63,500 GBP-27%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager151,000 GBP+72%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader106,000 GBP+21%
Pharmaceutical Technologist71,700 GBP-18%
Pharmacist87,600 GBP+0%
Pharmacy Aide63,000 GBP-28%
Pharmacy Manager127,000 GBP+45%
Pharmacy Stock Controller53,200 GBP-39%
Pharmacy Technician53,900 GBP-38%
Records Management Coordinator52,500 GBP-40%
Shift Encapsulator57,300 GBP-35%
Staff Pharmacist92,000 GBP+5%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen96,000 GBP
Abingdon82,200 GBP
Armagh88,300 GBP
Bangor83,100 GBP
Belfast103,000 GBP
Birmingham104,000 GBP
Bradford97,500 GBP
Brighton94,100 GBP
Bristol99,600 GBP
Cambridge84,900 GBP
Canterbury87,400 GBP
Cardiff102,000 GBP
Chester89,700 GBP
Coventry103,000 GBP
Derby99,700 GBP
Derry91,500 GBP
Dundee92,500 GBP
Durham86,900 GBP
Edinburgh102,000 GBP
Exeter91,000 GBP
Glasgow104,000 GBP
Gloucester89,400 GBP
Hartlepool86,900 GBP
Inverness82,500 GBP
Kingston upon Hull98,200 GBP
Kirkwall79,200 GBP
Leeds103,000 GBP
Leicester98,600 GBP
Lincoln88,100 GBP
Lisburn88,000 GBP
Liverpool99,800 GBP
London101,000 GBP
Manchester108,000 GBP
Newcastle102,000 GBP
Newport92,100 GBP
Newry90,200 GBP
Norwich93,000 GBP
Nottingham102,000 GBP
Oxford94,600 GBP
Peterborough94,900 GBP
Plymouth97,000 GBP
Poole90,800 GBP
Portsmouth93,800 GBP
Ripon80,500 GBP
Salisbury82,600 GBP
Sheffield99,800 GBP
Somerset101,000 GBP
Southampton92,000 GBP
St Davids79,500 GBP
Stirling84,900 GBP
Stromness77,200 GBP
Strontian75,700 GBP
Swansea94,400 GBP
Truro79,100 GBP
Wakefield82,000 GBP
Wells84,300 GBP
Winchester87,500 GBP
Wolverhampton99,200 GBP
York95,700 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England183,000 GBP
Northern Ireland86,300 GBP
Scotland134,000 GBP
Wales83,200 GBP

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 United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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