In the health sector, pharmacy jobs in Nigeria pays well. No wonder graduates who study Pharmacy are respected members of our society. We have taken time to highlight the salary structure of Nigerian pharmacist in this post.
It is widely known that unemployment is taking its toll on young Nigerians and the trend of things indicates that the situation will not improve any time soon. This is partially due to the ever increasing number of graduates who leave our tertiary institutions yearly with no provision for enough employment opportunities to occupy them.
If there is one sector where you can hardly find an unemployed professional, it is the health sector. Employment opportunities for interns are always there and will always be available for graduates in the medical field.
The health sector in Nigeria is always growing. People may joke with every other thing, but not with their lives. People will always fall sick, women will give birth, people will die, etc. This implies that the services of health care professionals will always be required on a daily basis.
Pharmacy is one of the fields in the health science sector. It is very rare to find an unemployed graduate pharmacist. This is because their services are always in high demand.
Pharmacists are healthcare professionals in the health science sector. They practice the science of pharmacy with emphasis on the right use and effective drugs administration. Pharmacy is the professional field in the health sciences that connects health care with chemistry. Hence, every prospective pharmacist must be very sound in chemistry.
A pharmacist directs and ensures the safe administration of drugs and other food supplements.
Pharmacy can be practiced at different levels. Some pharmacists are self-employed, some work with government ministries, agencies and hospitals, some work for other pharmacists while some work in Universities and research centres.
In this article, we will highlight the average salaries of Professional Pharmacists in Nigeria, with emphasis on the different settings where the profession is practiced.
Pharmacists earn good sum monthly. They are among the highest earning professionals in the health care sector. Infact, it is only the medical Doctors who earn more than them.
In Nigeria, there is a special salary scale for workers in the health sector. In multinational companies, they are paid extra allowances which makes them one of the top earning professionals.
Based on research, the average monthly salary of pharmacists working in the government agencies in Nigeria is #150,000 naira. New entrants in the profession earn around #75,000 while the senior and highly experienced pharmacists earn #250,000 naira and above monthly.
Salaries of pharmacists in federal, state hospitals and other government agencies such as NAFDAC, NDLEA, etc depends on the rank of the pharmacist, i.e the years spent in service and the qualification.
The salary structure for hospitals is on Consolidated Health Salary structure (CONHESS). Salary for new entrants, CONHESS 9 is averagely #170,000 naira. Allowances, years of experience and additional certificates, can increase the salaries.
Pharmacists working as lecturers in state or federal universities earn between #200,000 and #600,000 naira.
The pay package in multinational companies depends on a lot of factors such as qualification, added professional/safety certificates, etc. Some of the multinational companies pay in dollars. On the average, the monthly salary earned by pharmacists in multinationals companies is between #300,000 and #800,000.
The amount earned monthly by Self-employed pharmacists can not be accurately measured. It depends on the size of the business. Some can earn as high as one million naira monthly. The ones who manufacture drugs can even earn more.
Self employed pharmacists are those who own their individual pharmaceutical companies and shops. For this class, their earnings varies due to many factors.
Research and interviews carried out indicates that a pharmaceutical shop in a good location can rake in #200,000 and above monthly
There is another class of Pharmacists. These are the ones who work for other pharmacists. This class of pharmacists are mainly fresh graduates. They work for other senior pharmacists inorder to gain experience while seeking for opportunities in the government and multinational agencies. Their salaries are based on their years of experience, but the average salary is roughly #50,000 monthly.
On the whole, Pharmacy is a great field where young Nigerians should aspire to go into. Not only will they be assured of good streams of income, but they will also gain the respect that abounds therein for medical professionals.