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Pharmacist Average Salary in Denmark 2022

How much money does a Pharmacist make in Denmark?

Average Monthly Salary
53,200 DKK
( 639,000 DKK yearly)


A person working as a Pharmacist in Denmark typically earns around 53,200 DKK per month. Salaries range from 26,600 DKK (lowest) to 82,500 DKK (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 Denmark

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

  • Salary Range

    Pharmacist salaries in Denmark range from 26,600 DKK per month (minimum salary) to 82,500 DKK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 53,200 DKK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 53,200 DKK while the other half are earning more than 53,200 DKK. 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 35,900 DKK while 75% of them are earning more than 35,900 DKK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 67,900 DKK while 25% are earning more than 67,900 DKK.

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 31,900 DKK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 42,300 DKK per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 56,500 DKK per month, 34% 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 67,400 DKK per month, 19% 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 72,700 DKK per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 78,100 DKK per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pharmacist average salary change by experience in Denmark

0 - 2 Years
31,900 DKK
2 - 5 Years+32%
42,300 DKK
5 - 10 Years+34%
56,500 DKK
10 - 15 Years+19%
67,400 DKK
15 - 20 Years+8%
72,700 DKK
20+ Years+7%
78,100 DKK
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 45,600 DKK per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 71,900 DKK per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Pharmacist average salary difference by education level in Denmark

Bachelor's Degree
45,600 DKK
Master's Degree+58%
71,900 DKK
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 Denmark costs anywhere from 203,000 Danish Krone(s) to 610,000 Danish Krone(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 Denmark earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

54,300 DKK
52,200 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Denmark for all Careers

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Pharmacist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Denmark

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


Pharmacist(s) in Denmark are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 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.

Denmark / 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 Denmark is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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

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

43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% 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 Denmark

310 DKK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Denmark is 310 DKK. This means that the average Pharmacist in Denmark earns approximately 310 DKK 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

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The average salary for Pharmacist is 3% 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 Pharmacist32,700 DKK-39%
Assistant Pharmacy Director66,000 DKK+24%
Associate Medical Affairs Director86,800 DKK+63%
Bioinformatics Scientist79,700 DKK+50%
Bioinformatics Technician35,300 DKK-34%
Biological Scientist87,200 DKK+64%
Biological Technician35,900 DKK-33%
Biomedical Engineer34,200 DKK-36%
Biomedical Engineering Director63,600 DKK+19%
Biostatistician54,600 DKK+3%
Biotechnologist 52,500 DKK-1%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager39,900 DKK-25%
Chemical Process Technician38,600 DKK-28%
Clinical Consultant53,900 DKK+1%
Clinical Data Manager50,900 DKK-4%
Clinical Data Specialist49,500 DKK-7%
Clinical Operations Manager72,300 DKK+36%
Clinical Pharmacist50,800 DKK-5%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist64,600 DKK+21%
Clinical Programmer26,500 DKK-50%
Clinical Project Manager49,500 DKK-7%
Clinical Research Associate43,200 DKK-19%
Clinical Research Manager70,600 DKK+33%
Clinical Study Manager61,800 DKK+16%
Compliance Specialist51,900 DKK-3%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist40,700 DKK-24%
Cytotechnologist43,100 DKK-19%
GCP Auditor46,500 DKK-13%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician40,600 DKK-24%
Manufacturing Engineer44,700 DKK-16%
Medical Affairs Director84,200 DKK+58%
Medical Representative 33,300 DKK-37%
Medical Science Liaison59,600 DKK+12%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist81,600 DKK+53%
Nuclear Pharmacist52,700 DKK-1%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead99,500 DKK+87%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager82,200 DKK+54%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer48,600 DKK-9%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager56,100 DKK+5%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor55,500 DKK+4%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant41,000 DKK-23%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist47,700 DKK-10%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate52,500 DKK-1%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist77,600 DKK+46%
Pharmaceutical Researcher78,500 DKK+47%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager65,500 DKK+23%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager71,700 DKK+35%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative34,900 DKK-34%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager76,900 DKK+44%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader55,900 DKK+5%
Pharmaceutical Technologist39,500 DKK-26%
Pharmacist53,200 DKK-0%
Pharmacy Aide33,300 DKK-37%
Pharmacy Manager72,100 DKK+35%
Pharmacy Stock Controller31,100 DKK-42%
Pharmacy Technician29,300 DKK-45%
Records Management Coordinator28,300 DKK-47%
Shift Encapsulator32,100 DKK-40%
Staff Pharmacist49,600 DKK-7%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Copenhagen58,300 DKK

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 Denmark earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
39,500 DKK
Public Sector+6%
41,800 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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