Pharmacy assistant | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Pharmacy assistants serve customers and patients in chemists and hospital dispensaries.

  • Greet customers and help them locate merchandise.  
  • Accept prescriptions for filling, gathering and processing necessary information.  
  • Operate cash register to process cash or credit sales.  
  • Answer telephone inquiries, referring callers to pharmacist when necessary.  
  • Receive, store, and inventory pharmaceutical supplies or
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Pharmacy assistants typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Pharmacy assistant 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
17,593 GBP *
per year
17,250 GBP
21,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Pharmacy assistant

  • 18,962 GBP
  • 17,350 GBP
Average salary for part-time Pharmacy assistant
Average salary for full-time Pharmacy assistant

  • 10,379 GBP
  • 10,314 GBP
  • 17,593 GBP
  • 17,350 GBP
  • 18,962 GBP
Salary over time for Pharmacy assistant

Salary for this role has increased over time
  • 15,948 GBP
  • 15,821 GBP
  • 15,932 GBP
  • 16,468 GBP
  • 16,873 GBP
  • 17,594 GBP
  • 17,593 GBP
  • 18,478 GBP
  • 18,821 GBP

Future outlook for Pharmacy assistants

Balanced outlook
54 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
2% yearly wage growth (on average)
Fair outlook
61% chance of automation in the future

Pharmacy assistant - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

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

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • % of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • % of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma
  • % of people in this role have do not have GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

You can learn some of the skills you need for this job by doing:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Retail Skills
  • Level 3 Diploma in Retail Skills Sales Professional

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to read English
  • 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 Pharmacy assistant


Things to highlight for your Pharmacy assistant interview

Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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