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Revealed: The average salary of pharmacists at Boots, Lloyds and Well

Lloyds non-manager pharmacists had the highest salary out of the UK's largest three multiples
Lloyds non-manager pharmacists had the highest salary out of the UK's largest three multiples

The average salary of “second or non-manager” pharmacists at Lloydspharmacy is the highest of the UK's three largest multiples at £37,917, C+D's Salary Survey 2018 has suggested.

The survey, which included data submitted by 196 “second or non-manager” pharmacists at the UK’s largest three multiples – Boots, Lloydspharmacy and Well – ran throughout October.

The average salary of the 48 non-manager Lloydspharmacy pharmacists who responded to the survey was £37,917.

They were followed by the 129 Boots non-manager pharmacists, who received an average of £36,744, just ahead of the 19 Well non-manager pharmacists with an average salary of £36,710.

The average salaries of the non-manager pharmacists at the UK’s largest three multiples are all above the average earned across all pharmacy companies, which was £35,995 in 2018, according to the C+D Salary Survey.

Use C+D’s interactive tool to compare pay rises, work-life balance and stress levels of pharmacists at Boots, Lloydspharmacy and Well.

Well managers receive highest comparative pay

In contrast, the average salary of the 47 branch managers at Well Pharmacy who responded was the highest of the UK’s three largest multiples, at £48,457.

The 36 Boots managers who responded to the survey received an average of £47,083 – £1,374 less than the average at Well.

The survey showed that the 48 Lloydspharmacy managers who responded received an average of £45,937.

The overall average annual salary for all 469 pharmacy branch managers who responded to the survey – including those outside of the largest multiples – was £46,167, up £798 from £45,369 in 2017.

The C+D Salary Survey 2018 – the largest survey of community pharmacy, and the biggest in the survey's 11-year history – was completed by a total of 1,916 pharmacists and pharmacy staff.

C+D will be publishing further findings about pay and working conditions in community pharmacy throughout December, available here.

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How does your salary compare to C+D's findings?

Mohammed Zeeshan, Locum pharmacist

The biggest frustrating thing in community pharmacy is the fact you see no real gain year on year in the same most other careers you are guaranteed a pay rise and a promotion after 1-2 years of community pharmacy most pharmacist will stay in the same * role for the rest of their life’s with no promotion,no real career progression,and no real gain in experience.the whole profession needs changing.i wouldn’t mind if I started off on 25 k-30 k if I knew that year on year I would be going somewhere with my job.

*This comment has been edited in line with C+D's community principles.

Paul Guest, Manager

Have you considered number of hours worked in your survey? £40,000 for 30 hours a week is significantly more than the same salary for 45 hours a week.

Martin Lance, Locum pharmacist

I earn a reasonable salary as a locum.. but only because I do 60 to 70 hour weeks during the busy months.. so a very valid point by Paul Guest...

James Waldron, Editorial

Hi Paul,

The figures quoted in this article are average salaries across all individuals in a certain role at each company, so we can compare with last year's data.

However, you can find the average salary once hours are taken into account by using our calculator here: 

I hope that answered your question,

James Waldron, C+D Editor

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