Pharmacy: underpaid and stressed?

The Pharmaceutical Journal salary and satisfaction survey 2018 provides a snapshot of the profession’s pay and working conditions.


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Figure 1: Salary by sector

Median annual salary by sector, based on hourly rate and assuming a 40-hour work week


Figure 2: Appropriate pay

Percentage of pharmacists who think their pay is appropriate for the job they do


Figure 3: Gender pay gap

Gender pay gap taking into account part-time workers


Figure 4: Ethnicity pay gap

Ethnicity pay gap taking into account part-time workers


Figure 5: Pay rise

Percentage of pharmacists who have had a pay rise in the past year


Figure 6: Stress

The degree of work-related stress felt by pharmacists


Figure 7: Work/life balance

The frequency with which pharmacists take work home



Figure 8: Bullying

Percentage of pharmacists who say they have been the victim of bullying from another member of staff in the past year



Sources:  The Pharmaceutical Journal salary and satisfaction survey 2018 included 1,175 pharmacists and was analysed by independent academic statisticians at the University of Aberdeen. In the survey, community pharmacists were under-represented compared with all RPS members (38% vs. 52%). Hospital and primary care pharmacists were over-represented (31% vs. 23% and 15% vs. 4%, respectively). Industry and academic pharmacists were roughly comparable (6% vs. 5% and 3% vs. 3%, respectively). The BAME population was marginally younger than the white population surveyed, with half of BAME respondents aged under 35 years (compared with just 20% of white respondents). The results displayed are for non-locum pharmacists only. Respondents to the 2017 survey also included preregistration traines and pharmaceutical scientists.

Additional sources: AXA Stress Index 2017; British Medical Association.


Last updated
The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, November 2018, Vol 301, No 7919;301(7919):DOI:10.1211/PJ.2018.20205785

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