: Want a big signing bonus? Walgreens is offering $75,000 to recruit pharmacists

by | Aug 11, 2022 | Stock Market

Are you interested in a signing bonus the size of a salary? If you are a pharmacist, this could be your opportunity. Walgreens
is offering new pharmacist employees at some of its locations a $75,000 signing bonus just for agreeing to the job in an effort to counteract some staffing shortages. See also: Beto O’Rourke scolds man who laughed during Uvalde shooting speech: ‘It may be funny to you, motherf—er, but it’s not funny to me’

Pharmacist jobs paid a median salary of $128,570 in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and that number is quite similar to the average salary for a Walgreens pharmacist, according to Glassdoor data, just north of $133,000. Walgreens is hoping the attractive sign-up bonus will entice prospective employees for these jobs, which it has had a hard time filling. “This is one of many steps to address pharmacy staffing in some areas,” a Walgreens spokesman told the Wall Street Journal. Walgreens typically offers signing bonus near $30,000 or $50,000, according to the Journal, and those bonuses are usually paid out after a new employee remains at the job for a certain period of time, generally a year or longer. Companies oftentimes offer signing bonuses for positions that they are eagerly trying to fill.  During periods of labor shortage after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies, including Amazon
and McDonald’s
also offered lucrative signing bonuses to new employees. Walgreens did not immediately responds to a MarketWatch request for comment on this story. The news comes as the latest …

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