How Much Does a Pharmacy Tech Make?

Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of Pharmacists. They work in drug stores, pharmacies, and even in general merchandising stores. Any retail setting that requires a Pharmacist must have at least one Pharmacy Technician. This means that a single pharmacy or drug store can have 1 or 2 Pharmacy Techs.

Pharmacy Tech Salary

How much does a Pharmacy Tech make?  The average pharmacy tech salary is $32,700 or an equivalent of $15.72 per hour. The lower 10% of Pharmacy Techs earns an annual average salary of $22,740 while the upper 10% earns an annual average salary of $48,010.

A pharmacy tech’s starting salary depends on the industry he/she is working in. Pharmacy Technicians working in hospitals enjoy the biggest salary of $37,390. This is followed by general merchandise stores with a salary of $31,450, food and beverage stores with $30,640 and pharmacies and drug stores with an average salary of $30,470.pharmacy tech salary

Pharmacy tech salaries also depend on the amount of hours worked. They must adhere to the schedule of the retail store – which means a lot of technicians work at nights, over weekends, and even during holidays. Most work full time while others work part time.

Top 5 Paying States

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Washington Flag
Washington
2.48
$19.38
$40,300
Alaska Flag
Alaska
2.04
$19.22
$39,980
California Flag
California
2.21
$19.09
$39,710
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
2.49
$17.50
$36,400
Oregon Flag
Oregon
2.84
$17.44
$36,270

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch
0.30
$19.94
$41,480
Outpatient Care Centers
0.55
$19.11
$39,750
Scientific Research and Development Services
0.01
$18.98
$39,480
Offices of Physicians
0.24
$18.39
$38,250
Computer Systems Design Services
$18.33
$38,120

Pharmacy Tech Job Description

what does a pharmacy tech doWhat does a pharmacy tech do? Basically, pharmacy techs help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers. They are often the first people customers meet when buying their medicines at a drug store. Because of this, pharmacy techs need to have very good customer-service skills since they are placed at the forefront of the drug store or pharmacy. They interact with customers most of the time so they must be polite and friendly.

Pharmacy techs also need to be detail oriented and have good listening and math skills. Part of their job involves packaging and labeling prescription medication. The slightest mistake can lead to serious health consequences so a pharmacy tech needs to be meticulous, have great communication skills, and have excellent math skills to be able to analyze and compute dosages, as well as money.

A pharmacy tech must also have good organizational skills since it will be his or her job to keep track of inventory, and inform the pharmacist for lack of supply.

Among other duties and responsibilities include taking information needed to fill a prescription from customers, measuring amounts of medication, processing insurance claims, and accepting payments.

pharmacy tech job descriptionMost states also allow pharmacy techs to mix medications. They can also work in hospitals where they give medication to health professionals, as well as facilitate intravenous medications.

A pharmacist tech career can give a person several choices in terms of the industry he/she wants to work in. As of 2016, 52% of pharmacy techs worked in pharmacies and drug stores, while 16% worked in hospitals, 10% worked in general merchandise stores, and 8% in grocery stores.

Pharmacy Tech Job Outlook

About 47,600 jobs for pharmacy technicians are seen to be created during the years 2016 to 2026. The projected increase is seen at 12% – which is faster than most occupations.

There are several factors that lead to this projected rise in employment. One of the reasons is that the general population of the United States is aging. The older a person is, the more medication he/she needs especially if that person has a chronic disease. Advances in the pharmaceutical industry will also bring in more demand for pharmacy techs.

And with the increasing number of people having health insurance through federal health insurance reform will make medicine more accessible – increasing the demand for more pharmacy techs. The high demand will make the industry more appealing for those looking to have a stable and long-term job.

Those who have formal training, certification, and experience are more likely to have better job prospects.

Pharmacy Tech Salary by State

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
3.911
$12.94
$26,920
Alaska Flag
Alaska
2.04
$19.22
$39,980
Arizona Flag
Arizona
3.337
$15.99
$33,270
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
2.955
$13.14
$27,330
California Flag
California
2.207
$19.09
$39,710
Colorado flag
Colorado
1.879
$16.02
$33,320
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
2.083
$15.60
$32,450
Delaware flag
Delaware
2.4
$14.60
$30,370
Florida Flag
Florida
3.302
$13.90
$28,900
Georgia Flag
Georgia
3.022
$13.46
$27,990
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
2.488
$17.50
$36,400
Idaho Flag
Idaho
2.392
$15.16
$31,530
Illinois Flag
Illinois
3.126
$13.95
$29,020
Indiana Flag
Indiana
3.07
$13.82
$28,750
Iowa Flag
Iowa
2.886
$14.10
$29,320
Kansas Flag
Kansas
2.939
$13.80
$28,700
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
3.83
$13.06
$27,170
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
3.046
$14.39
$29,920
Maine Flag
Maine
3.472
$14.17
$29,480
Maryland Flag
Maryland
2.429
$15.40
$32,030
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
2.523
$15.29
$31,800
Michigan Flag
Michigan
2.736
$14.02
$29,160
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
2.49
$15.34
$31,900
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
3.013
$13.36
$27,780
Missouri Flag
Missouri
3.555
$13.73
$28,560
Montana Flag
Montana
2.954
$16.06
$33,410
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
2.646
$13.87
$28,840
Nevada Flag
Nevada
2.295
$16.15
$33,600
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
2.164
$13.63
$28,350
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
2.333
$15.21
$31,650
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
3.07
$14.92
$31,030
New York Flag
New York
1.882
$15.40
$32,030
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
3.058
$13.50
$28,080
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
1.455
$17.36
$36,120
Ohio Flag
Ohio
2.839
$13.43
$27,930
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
3.548
$13.68
$28,450
Oregon Flag
Oregon
2.841
$17.44
$36,270
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
2.578
$14.19
$29,510
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
2.644
$15.05
$31,300
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
3.087
$13.76
$28,620
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
3.03
$14.15
$29,430
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
4.377
$14.24
$29,630
Texas Flag
Texas
2.679
$15.30
$31,830
Utah Flag
Utah
2.69
$16.32
$33,940
Vermont Flag
Vermont
1.835
$15.67
$32,600
Virginia Flag
Virginia
2.36
$13.88
$28,860
Washington Flag
Washington
2.476
$19.38
$40,300
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
4.347
$12.75
$26,510
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
2.863
$14.21
$29,550
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
1.896
$16.29
$33,880

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Oakland/Fremont/Hayward – CA Metropolitan Division
2.30
$24.05
$50,030
San Francisco/San Mateo Redwood City-CA Metropolitan Division
1.57
$22.29
$46,350
San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara – CA
1.80
$21.76
$45,260
Napa, CA
1.41
$21.72
$45,190
Santa Rosa / Petaluma, – CA
2.01
$21.67
$45,070

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Far Western – North Dakota – nonmetropolitan area
0.84
$20.21
$42,040
Southeast Alaska – nonmetropolitan area
1.77
$19.45
$40,460
Northern Mountains – Region of California – nonmetropolitan area
2.70
$19.32
$40,190
Mother Lode – Region of California – nonmetropolitan area
2.43
$19.29
$40,130
North Coast – Region of California – nonmetropolitan area
3.29
$18.81
$39,130

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