New Zealand Pharmacist Salaries

Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.

Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled regularly by analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications.

There is a shortage of pharmacists in New Zealand. As a result employment prospects for hospital pharmacists, industrial pharmacists and retail pharmacists are good.

The main qualification for this occupation in New Zealand is a four year BPharm degree which can be obtained at either Auckland or Otago University followed by completion of a one year Intern Training programme.

Pharmacists must be registered by The Pharmacy Council of New Zealand and hold an Annual Practising Certificate.

In 2017 there were 3,718 practising pharmacists in New Zealand, an increase of 4.5% on 2016.

Of the 229 new pharmacists registered in New Zealand in the year up to 30 June 2017, 204 were New Zealand / Australian graduates and 25 were overseas qualified.*

Intern pharmacists usually earn around $45,000 – $50,000.

After several years’ experience earnings typically for registered pharmacists range between $65,000 and $95,000.

Pharmacist Salaries / Wages in 2018

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Senior Pharmacist80,000 +Auckland
Dispensing Pharmacist65,000 – 75,000Auckland
Charge Pharmacist75,000 – 95,000Christchurch
Full-time Pharmacist80,000 – 89,000Waikato
Pharmacist Manager90,000 – 120,000Taranaki New Plymouth
General Pharmacist75,000 – 100,000Wellington
Community Pharmacist47,000 – 70,000North Island
Pharmacist35 – 40 per hourPalmerston North
Pharmacist40 – 48 per hourHawkes Bay
Locum Pharmacist30 – 40 per hourChristchurch
Pharmacist58,000 – 78,000Christchurch

For comparison, the average ordinary time hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 December 2017 was $30.68 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $60,600, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).

*Data from The Pharmacy Council of New Zealand

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