Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
333,500 0.8 % $14.10 $29,330 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.54 $11.24 $13.65 $16.62 $19.57
Annual Wage (2) $19,840 $23,370 $28,400 $34,560 $40,710


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 181,200 18.39 $13.42 $27,910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 55,580 1.08 $15.94 $33,160
Other General Merchandise Stores 23,130 1.52 $12.85 $26,720
Grocery Stores 22,680 0.92 $13.88 $28,880
Department Stores 17,300 1.14 $12.62 $26,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 181,200 18.39 $13.42 $27,910
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 3,110 1.61 $14.84 $30,870
Other General Merchandise Stores 23,130 1.52 $12.85 $26,720
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 3,300 1.35 $14.52 $30,210
Department Stores 17,300 1.14 $12.62 $26,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,650 0.28 $19.20 $39,940
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $18.60 $38,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 920 0.03 $17.72 $36,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,240 0.07 $17.58 $36,560
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,670 0.78 $17.36 $36,100


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 29,270 2.09 0.80 $17.92 $37,280
Texas 27,860 2.76 1.05 $14.38 $29,920
Florida 20,060 2.82 1.08 $13.41 $27,890
Illinois 15,340 2.78 1.06 $14.18 $29,500
Ohio 14,500 2.95 1.12 $12.57 $26,150




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 2,940 4.27 1.63 $11.55 $24,020
Kentucky 6,790 3.95 1.51 $11.98 $24,920
Tennessee 10,130 3.94 1.50 $13.24 $27,530
Missouri 9,440 3.65 1.39 $12.57 $26,140
Alabama 6,390 3.53 1.35 $11.93 $24,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 610 1.98 0.76 $18.85 $39,210
Washington 6,880 2.55 0.97 $17.93 $37,290
California 29,270 2.09 0.80 $17.92 $37,280
Hawaii 910 1.58 0.60 $16.79 $34,920
District of Columbia 670 1.05 0.40 $16.75 $34,850

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 8,780 2.48 0.94 $14.92 $31,030
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,820 2.73 1.04 $14.64 $30,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,760 1.36 0.52 $16.19 $33,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,510 1.71 0.65 $17.56 $36,520
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,990 2.77 1.05 $13.98 $29,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,880 2.44 0.93 $15.09 $31,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,770 2.17 0.83 $13.79 $28,680
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,540 3.61 1.38 $13.26 $27,580
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,480 2.66 1.01 $14.83 $30,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,240 2.52 0.96 $15.24 $31,700




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Morristown, TN 360 8.42 3.21 $13.08 $27,220
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 590 5.49 2.09 $12.08 $25,130
Johnson City, TN 410 5.48 2.09 $12.33 $25,640
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 210 4.98 1.90 $10.88 $22,620
Cleveland, TN 170 4.91 1.87 $12.34 $25,670
Spartanburg, SC 550 4.90 1.87 $13.31 $27,680
Gadsden, AL 170 4.90 1.87 $11.08 $23,050
La Crosse, WI-MN 340 4.86 1.85 $12.25 $25,490
Anderson, SC 270 4.81 1.83 $14.10 $29,320
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 520 4.62 1.76 $12.12 $25,220