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How much can I negotiate for retail position? Advice pls!

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by PharmDHelpPls, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. PharmDHelpPls


    Jun 28, 2017
    I'm a retail pharmacist with a very large retailer with 12 years experience. I moved to northern Virginia recently and want to know what are good resources to get an idea of what the pay rate is in this area? I've got an offer in hand, but the pay rate being offered is less than what I make at my currently employer, not to mention they are also not giving me the same amount of vacation. The market here is so bad (just like everywhere else), so I want to counter, but I need to know whats appropriate? It's basically a lateral move, but I'm still unsure how to go about it, afraid I may scare/disrespect anyone! Guidance please!
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  3. Amicable Angora

    Amicable Angora Lagomorpha 5+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    You wanna go a little more into the specifics?
  4. Old Timer

    Old Timer SDN Advisor SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    May 16, 2007
    Reply and say YES, before they move on the next person on their list. You have no leverage at all. There are more pharmacists than positions to fill.
  5. Lexington2012

    Lexington2012 5+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2012
    Lexington, KY
    Ask if they can do any better. That's all it takes for a small bump in pay.
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  6. Lnsean

    Lnsean 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2009
    you don't have any leverage in this market. you can ask them to match your current pay and see what they say...doesn't hurt to ask.
  7. Sine Cura

    Sine Cura 10 seconds or less 7+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    I would say if you took an offer for a persistently open position lasting months then you might have more leverage.
  8. bacillus1

    bacillus1 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2008
    Also depends where you are moving from. If you are moving from California, expect a large pay cut.
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  9. quickpic007


    Sep 22, 2016
    depends on the DM. Even in desperate need some DM will automatically throw app in garbage if you try to negotiate. Other DM will bump up rates if you have good in-house references and a good interview, even in a full market.

    If you are applying without an in house reference I'd be inclined to ask politely or just accept. I hear DMV area is full of rph but not sure
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  10. Sparda29

    Sparda29 En Taro Adun Pharmacist Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    New York, New York
    Is there anywhere in Southern California with good pay but a low cost of living?
  11. Momus

    Momus 7+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    SD/LA metro, no. 1 br 1.5k-2.5k/mo.

    Boonies, yes <500-1k+ rent. Blythe, Needles, 29 palms, Yucca Valley, San Bernardino counties, El Centro areas. Surrounding Palm spring desert <$1-1.5k. Expect to drive 2-4 hours to LA or SD.
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  12. Abby Atwood

    Abby Atwood

    Jan 4, 2017
    It seems like wear and tear + gas would equal out those costs (even if you don't consider your time). Lots of opportunity to listen to podcasts and NPR though. :)
  13. PharmDHelpPls


    Jun 28, 2017
    Hi guys! I'm so sorry I fell off the wagon. I ended up catching pneumonia mid august and its taken weeks to recover. I actually ended up taking the position. But as some of you suggested, I did try to negotiate, and they matched my vacation (which i would've been really annoyed with if they hadn't, given that i've worked for 12+ yrs), but didn't go up in their pay. I figured what's more important is that I need a job! and yes, DMV area is horrible for finding jobs!
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  14. Amicable Angora

    Amicable Angora Lagomorpha 5+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    Nice job on the vacation.
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  15. BenJammin

    BenJammin No Apologies 5+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Where my ex's live
    Negotiation leverage is best when it's a position they have trouble filling due to bad location. I had a classmate negotiate 4 weeks of vacation with a chain because they could not find a pharmacist willing to go to small town Texas.
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  16. BidingMyTime

    BidingMyTime Lost Shaker Of Salt 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    From what I've seen, chains will negotiate vacation, at least sometimes, they won't negotiate salary, ever. Glad it worked out for you getting vacation time matched, especially in a saturated area.
  17. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member Administrator Pharmacist 7+ Year Member

    You might try to keep your soul but in the end they will get that too. ;)
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