Dont go expecting loads, but Its definitely in the reasonable level. I dont know for London but for outside of London, working for a company like Tesco, you can expect aroun £17,000 p/a for pre-reg, then around the £30,000 level for being a second pharmacist.
It will make no difference to pay whether you graduate from an uncredited uni or an accredited uni. There difference may be whether you get a first or a 2.2. But at the moment there is a shortage of Pharmacists so grades are not even looked at!
certain jobs like Speech therapists, pharmacists etc they dont even look at the grade as long you are qualified. 4 years of working for a Masters of pharmacy, despite getting a 2:2 is good enough for most people.
Don't pay attention to grades too much. I found out the other day that the locum pharmacist who we have all commented on at work, cos shes so good, in fact only got a third. From what I've heard shes been manager of one place, second pharmacist elsewhere, and is now a very in-demand locum. Basically theres more to being a pharmacist than getting a good degree!
I'm not sure about in London but in wales a community pharmacist's starting salary is £19-23k, progressing to £40-46k after 20+years. I've read about locums getting £80-100k +expenses for travelling etc, but then you're employed by a specifc agency who loan you out to places all over the country. I'm not sure how much it'll vary in London. You could check jobsites/Pharmaceutical Journal (in the back; job section)
After Uninversity, you have to do one year of training in a pharmacy (Pre-registration) before qualifying as a pharmacist. the training year salary is between 18K-23k. But the salary is considerably higher once you are fully qualified (35-45K) in community, depending on experience ect.
I'm amazed that after so many threads on this subject people are still getting it so wrong. In answer to the OP's question- a good pharmacist gets paid pretty much the same as a crap one upon qualifying, which is about £40-50K in community, and in my experience a good pharmacist is just as likely to have a 2/2 as a first, which you tend to get if you spend 24 hours a day revising and says nothing whatsoever about your ability to communicate with patients. If I took on a PhD student, I'd want someone with a first, but a practising community/hospital pharmacist, totally irrelevant. If we ever get to the stage where there are more pharmacists than jobs (unlikely thanks to 100 hour pharmacies) I can gurantee that there are 101 different attributes more important to an employer than what degree class a pharmacist got before they even did their pre-reg, which is is where you really learn the job.
£20,700 for your pre-registration year in Scotland and then £39,500 per year working as a full time pharmacist (37.5 hours per week) working for Lloyds. With additional benefits such as retention fees and private healthcare tossed in you're looking at an overall package of £45,000 per year before tax with four weeks holiday.
It's a good wage that'll allow you to live very comfortably - especially when you're newly qualified!
I finished uni at Manchester in 2006. Did my pre-reg in hosp 2006-07. Earnt somewhere in region of £19k for that. Thats as band 5.
Then stayed on at same (general) hospital as a band 6 pharmacist. That starts at about £25.5k/year including on call and rises about £1k per year thereafter. They sent me on a clinical diploma which is alright, back to manchester university 1 day each week with some coursework and exams at end of each semester (explains why i'm on this now) and I got a job at another (teaching) hospital as a band 7 rotational in medicine. Pay for that is roughly £30+2k for on call.
So thats where i am nearly 4 years post graduation. I have no doubt that people who went down a ommunity/locumming route will earn tens of thousands more than that, but i enjoy my job which is important to me.
Others who qualified at same time are band 8a's in hosp by going down a specialist route quite early. eg. Aseptics/oncology. They'd be earning £40k+ now, but aspetics doesn't appeal to me in the slightest.
oh, and i scraped a 2:1. But degree class is really irrelevant.