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Pay for pharmacy staff

Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales.  This pay system covers all staff except doctors, dentists and the most senior managers.

In AfC, the NHS job evaluation system determines a points score, which is used to match jobs to one of the nine pay bands and determine levels of basic salary. 

Each of the nine pay band has a number of pay points. Staff will normally progress to the next pay point annually until they reach the top of the pay band. In addition to basic pay, there is also extra pay for staff who work in high cost areas, such as around London.

Pay for pharmacy staff

Your career in pharmacy could begin as a support worker at an Agenda for Change (AfC) Band 2, rising to a professional manager of pharmaceutical services at Bands 8c - 9, with roles between these levels depending upon knowledge, training and experience.

What do pharmacy staff earn?

The following information gives an indication of which Agenda for Change pay bands certain job titles fit into and is based on the nationally produced job profiles. It can be used as a guide to the levels of pay, but please note that some job vacancies advertised in the NHS may carry slightly different job titles to those provided here. For the actual pay rates, please click on the link below.

Band 2
Pharmacy support worker
Band 3
Pharmacy support worker - higher level
Band 4
Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Pharmacist entry level
Pharmacy technician - higher level
Band 6
Pharmacy technician specialist
Band 7
Pharmacy technician team manager
Pharmacist specialist
Band 8
Pharmacist advanced 
Pharmacist consultant
Pharmacist team manager
Professional manager pharmaceutical services



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