Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants work under the supervision of pharmacists or other relevant health professionals to dispense drugs and medicines, issue pre-packaged prescriptions, sell over-the-counter medication, dispense spectacles and contact lenses and other related products.


  • Carries out sales transaction, wraps and packages goods.
  • Relays information to customers under the direction of pharmacist and opticians or optometrists.
  • Arranges displays of merchandise.
  • Checks stock levels, rotates stock, orders new stock from supplying companies and ensures that products are stored appropriately.
  • Maintains records of prescriptions received and drugs issued.
  • Checks received prescriptions for legality and accuracy and confirms patients’ or customers’ details.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 19% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£15,717 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for pharmacy or other dispensing assistant is £15,717

1,603 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,603. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for pharmacy or other dispensing assistant roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £15,717 per year. That is about £1,310 per month or £8.06 per hour. New workers generally start on £7,350, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £28,729

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,603 people are employed in the region.

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