Pharmacists Compensation and Job Satisfaction – A Cross Sectional Survey

  • Sheikh Abdul Khaliq Faculty of Pharmacy, Hamdard University.
  • Arsham Zehra Maqsood Faculty of Pharmacy, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology.
  • M. Ghias Uddin Siddiqui ATCO Laboratories Pharmaceuticals, S.I.T.E, Karachi, Pakistan.
Keywords: Pharmacist; compensation; salary; job; satisfaction.


Background & Objective: Pakistan is a developing country i.e. why in most of the sector’s compensation packages are not equivalent to international market, which sometimes result in demotivation and dissatisfaction of employee. Due to this reason the main objective of current study was to investigate Pharmacist Compensation package and level of job Satisfaction.

Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Karachi from January 2021 to April 2021. Data has been collected from 301 Pharmacists by designed questionnaire. Ethical Review Committee, Faculty of Pharmacy, Hamdard University approved the study (Reference No. UERC-2021-004). Informed consent was obtained from each participant. Collected data was analyzed by Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 22 software.

Results: Among 301 respondents; Male 160(53.15%), Female 141(46.8%), Employed 280(93.02%), Unemployed 21(07%). Job sector; Private 247(82.05%), NGOs 30(10%), Government 15(4.98%). Role as a Pharmacist; Hospital-Pharmacists 78(26%), Production-Pharmacists 51(17%), QC/QA-Pharmacists 23(7.64%), Regulatory-Pharmacists 19(6.31%), Marketing & Sales 36(12%), Academia 40(13.28%), Community-Pharmacists 54(18%). Payscale range (Pak. Rupees); 18000.00-35000.00 of 121(40.19%), 36000.00-55000.00 of 84(28%), 56000.00-100,000.00 of 50(16.61%), 101,000.00-200,000.00 of 24(8%) Pharmacists. Satisfied with salary; No 173(57.4%), Yes 86(28.5%). Compensation rating; Unfair 100(33.22%), Fair 142(47.17%), Good 54(17.94%), Excellent 5(1.66%). Salary enough for expenditures; No 184(61.12%), Yes 69(23%). Satisfaction-level; Extremely-unsatisfied 13(4.31%), Unsatisfied 47(15.61%), Fairly-satisfied 97(32.22%), Satisfied 104(34.55%), Absolutely-satisfied 32(10.63%). Promotion criteria; Fair 85(28.23%), Unfair 139(46.17%).

Conclusion: Pharmacist’s compensation in Pakistan is not as per qualification. Despite low compensation packages majority of Pharmacists are satisfied with their job.

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