Pharmacy Technician Salary


How Much Does a Pharmacy Technician Make?

On average, a Pharmacy Technician make $35,250 a year. The lowest-paid 10 percent made $24,120, while the top-paid 10 percent made $49,130.

Annually National Average Salary: $35,250

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* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS.



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Salary by State

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Annual Salary by State

State10% Annual25% AnnualAvg. Annual75% Annual90% Annual
Alabama$21,820$25,650$30,830$35,760$40,310
Alaska$33,090$37,140$44,280$50,360$58,270
Arizona$26,100$29,970$36,170$41,480$48,450
Arkansas$22,410$25,790$30,930$35,620$40,950
California$29,970$35,390$45,200$53,230$65,150
Colorado$27,690$32,200$38,000$43,310$50,750
Connecticut$25,440$28,670$35,400$40,070$48,720
Delaware$23,350$27,010$33,650$39,360$47,600
District of Columbia$29,450$33,220$42,240$49,870$58,480
Florida$24,110$27,710$33,330$37,850$44,260
Georgia$21,320$25,150$31,360$36,770$43,320
Hawaii$30,010$34,710$41,880$49,340$56,920
Idaho$26,570$31,420$36,600$41,860$48,590
Illinois$23,340$27,090$33,590$38,470$47,000
Indiana$23,010$26,930$32,410$37,520$43,140
Iowa$24,070$27,970$33,430$38,130$44,410
Kansas$25,120$28,810$34,390$38,690$46,370
Kentucky$21,050$24,750$30,040$35,340$39,900
Louisiana$25,130$28,180$34,070$38,430$45,880
Maine$24,400$26,920$32,960$38,070$45,120
Maryland$25,550$28,270$35,350$40,550$49,320
Massachusetts$26,410$29,670$37,570$43,490$50,880
Michigan$22,750$26,860$33,850$39,100$47,750
Minnesota$26,710$31,930$38,330$45,100$51,760
Mississippi$23,040$26,480$32,700$36,950$43,410
Missouri$21,550$25,980$32,790$38,130$45,700
Montana$28,260$32,280$36,390$39,640$46,640
Nebraska$26,130$29,210$34,260$38,630$45,010
Nevada$26,670$31,810$38,150$44,070$51,960
New Hampshire$24,950$27,760$33,380$38,470$45,520
New Jersey$22,510$26,010$34,550$41,810$49,860
New Mexico$26,100$29,580$34,650$38,750$45,760
New York$24,860$27,760$35,790$41,930$50,530
North Carolina$22,680$26,820$32,600$37,940$44,560
North Dakota$31,510$34,870$39,770$45,710$49,520
Ohio$21,650$25,180$31,360$36,710$43,020
Oklahoma$22,860$26,360$31,940$36,620$43,620
Oregon$32,220$36,170$42,160$48,190$52,250
Pennsylvania$21,380$25,180$31,130$36,440$43,420
Rhode Island$26,960$31,360$37,880$44,570$49,790
South Carolina$22,800$26,750$32,660$37,630$44,000
South Dakota$26,720$29,650$34,380$38,520$44,010
Tennessee$22,970$26,710$34,510$38,620$47,250
Texas$25,480$29,540$35,620$40,810$48,090
Utah$28,190$32,600$37,470$42,330$48,910
Vermont$25,460$30,000$35,810$39,160$47,850
Virginia$23,310$27,330$34,190$39,440$47,730
Washington$33,210$37,730$43,910$49,750$57,230
West Virginia$22,140$25,390$30,380$35,110$40,370
Wisconsin$23,850$28,070$34,050$39,350$46,290
Wyoming$28,480$32,950$37,980$43,490$48,500
Guam$20,690$22,520$28,510$34,310$38,130
Puerto Rico$16,540$17,880$23,150$26,710$32,240
Virgin Islands$26,040$28,270$34,170$37,570$47,620

Annual Average Salary: Top 5 States

The top earning state in the field is California, where the average salary is $45,200.

These are the top 5 earning states in the field:

California - $45,200
Alaska - $44,280
Washington - $43,910
District of Columbia - $42,240
Oregon - $42,160

Pharmacy Technicians: Salary Overview

Pharmacy technicians work in a pharmacy where they help pharmacists dispense medication to customers or health professionals.

A pharmacy technician’s job responsibilities typically include collecting information needed to fill the prescription, measuring the amount of medication, packaging and labeling prescriptions, accepting payment, answering phone calls, and keeping records about patient information.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for this profession was $33,950 in May of 2019 which means that half of all workers in this profession earned less than this amount while half earned more.

Salaries vary depending on the technician’s level of experience and education but also depending on the region and the employer.

The bottom 10 percent of all pharmacy technicians earned less than $24,120 per year, while the top 10 percent made more than $49,130 annually.

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Pharmacy technicians who are employed by pharmacies that are open full time may also work during nights and weekends, shifts that are better paid.

Pharmacy Technicians by Industry

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technicians held around 422,300 jobs in the United States in 2019, most of them working in pharmacies and drug stores.

Hospitals also hired a significant part of all pharmacy technicians and some pharmacy technicians worked for food and beverage stores.

Pharmacy technicians who worked for health and personal care stores reportedly earned $33,280 per year, on average, while those who worked for general medical and surgical hospitals were remunerated, on average, with $40,020 annually.

The average annual wage was $32,320 for pharmacy technicians in food and beverage stores and $35,290 for those employed by merchant wholesalers.

Pharmacy technicians who worked for electronic shopping and mail-order houses earned $37,100, on average.

The report published by BLS shows that the top-paying field for this profession was the federal executive branch where the average annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $44,920.

Higher-than average salaries were also reported by pharmacy technicians in outpatient care centers who reported wages that averaged at $44,670 annually.

Other fields where workers in this occupation may hold jobs are colleges, universities and professional schools, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and local governments.

In these sectors, the average salaries reported by workers in this profession ranged between $42,000-$44,000.

Salaries for this profession also vary depending on the region of employment and the local economy.

The top-paying states for this profession are California, Alaska, Washington, District of Columbia, and Oregon- where pharmacy technician salaries averaged at more than $42,000 annually.

Pharmacy technicians in Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia earned salaries that were between $30,000-$31,000, on average.

Those who worked in Texas, the state with the highest level of employment for this profession, earned $35,620 per year on average.

Besides the industry and the state of employment, there are many other factors that can help a pharmacy technician improve his/her earnings.

For example, although not all states require pharmacy technicians to earn a certification, this is something that may make it easier to get a job and may increase earning prospects.

There are two credentialing institutions for this profession: The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the National Healthcareer Association.

To qualify for certification you need a high school diploma, a diploma from a training program, or at least one year of work experience.

Training programs for this profession are available at many trade schools and technical schools are can typically be complete in one year or less.

In conclusion, the pharmacy technician profession is not very well remunerated but if you have good technical and customer service skills and you’re willing to learn throughout your career you can qualify for a supervisory position that is typically better paid.

* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS. The figures represent accumulated data for all states of employment for Pharmacy Technicians. BLS data represents averages and medians for workers at all levels of education and experience. This data doesn't represent starting salaries.

* Employment conditions in your area may vary.


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