Health and Personal Care Stores: NAICS 446

About the Health and Personal Care Stores subsector

The health and personal care stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Health and Personal Care Stores subsector retail health and personal care merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector are characterized principally by the products they retail, and some health and personal care stores may have specialized staff trained in dealing with the products. Staff may include pharmacists, opticians, and other professionals engaged in retailing, advising customers, and/or fitting the product sold to the customer's needs.

North American Industry Classification System

The health and personal care stores subsector consists of a single industry group, Health and Personal Care Stores: NAICS 4461.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in health and personal care stores. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,015.7 1,014.0 (P) 1,018.1 (P) 1,018.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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812.6 806.9 (P) 811.7  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Cashiers

185,690

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

84,750

Pharmacists

126,350

Pharmacy aides

26,950

Pharmacy technicians

192,500

Retail salespersons

152,150

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for health and personal care stores.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in health and personal care stores.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$22.09 $21.93 $21.90 (P) $21.77

Average weekly hours

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30.2 30.2 29.9 (P) 29.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$17.46 $17.49 $17.66 (P) $17.48

Average weekly hours

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29.6 29.5 29.3 (P) 28.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cashiers

$9.23 $9.98 $19,200 $20,750

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

$18.13 $19.94 $37,700 $41,480

Pharmacists

$57.82 $56.67 $120,270 $117,870

Pharmacy aides

$10.45 $10.96 $21,740 $22,790

Pharmacy technicians

$13.57 $14.05 $28,220 $29,220

Retail salespersons

$10.13 $11.80 $21,070 $24,550

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in health and personal care stores. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

  11 11 7

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

2.3 2.8 2.2 2.1

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.0 1.1 0.9 0.7

Cases involving days away from work

0.6 0.7 0.6 0.6

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

  0.4 0.3 0.1

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Producer price index

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(P) 147.9 (P) 147.5 (P) 150.0 (P) 150.8

Percent change from previous month

  (P) -0.7% (P) -0.3% (P) 1.7% (P) 0.5%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in health and personal care stores. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2013

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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(P) 103,562 (P) 106,170 (P) 106,313 (P) 106,863

Local government

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(P) 10 (P) 10 (P) 10 (P) 10

Federal government

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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115.811 116.313 116.247 115.985

Percent change from previous year

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2.8 0.4 -0.1 -0.2

Labor index, total labor hours

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103.352 103.519 105.047 104.885

Percent change from previous year

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-3.0 0.2 1.5 -0.2

Output index

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119.692 120.406 122.114 121.651

Percent change from previous year

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-0.2 0.6 1.4 -0.4

Unit labor costs index

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119.156 119.203 121.241 123.254

Percent change from previous year

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1.9 0.0 1.7 1.7

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: July 22, 2014