Pharmacist | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Pharmacists provide expert advice on the use and supply of medicines and medical appliances.

  • Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability.
  • Provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and proper medication storage.
  • Maintain records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive
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Pharmacists typically work around 37.5 to 40 hours per week.

As a Pharmacist you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical,
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
43,260 GBP *
per year
30,500 GBP
45,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Pharmacist

Big gender gap
  • 49,134 GBP
  • 39,597 GBP
Average salary for part-time Pharmacist
Average salary for full-time Pharmacist

  • 23,659 GBP
  • 24,867 GBP
  • 17,956 GBP
  • 43,260 GBP
  • 39,597 GBP
  • 49,134 GBP
Salary over time for Pharmacist

Salary for this role has increased over time
  • 42,224 GBP
  • 41,077 GBP
  • 42,648 GBP
  • 46,021 GBP
  • 42,501 GBP
  • 42,870 GBP
  • 43,260 GBP
  • 43,309 GBP

Future outlook for Pharmacists

Very good outlook
53 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
0% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
24% chance of automation in the future

Pharmacist - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Pharmacist and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 75% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • 10% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent
  • 9% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

You'll need:

  •  to be thorough and pay attention to detail  
  •  patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations  
  •  the ability to work on your own  
  •  customer service skills  
  •  the ability to work well with others  
  •  the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure  
  •  knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses  
  •  thinking and reasoning skills  
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Pharmacist

Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical

Things to highlight for your Pharmacist interview

Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical.

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