Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
362,690 0.7 % $14.83 $30,840 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.92 $11.75 $14.25 $17.44 $20.78
Annual Wage (2) $20,640 $24,440 $29,650 $36,270 $43,230


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 192,500 18.87 $14.05 $29,220
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 57,770 1.10 $16.93 $35,210
Other General Merchandise Stores 28,260 1.60 $14.03 $29,170
Grocery Stores 24,900 0.98 $13.90 $28,910
Department Stores 15,290 1.10 $13.60 $28,290

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 192,500 18.87 $14.05 $29,220
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 6,460 3.44 $15.72 $32,700
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 5,050 1.72 $14.82 $30,830
Other General Merchandise Stores 28,260 1.60 $14.03 $29,170
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 57,770 1.10 $16.93 $35,210

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) 5,850 0.29 $19.66 $40,890
Outpatient Care Centers 3,680 0.55 $18.78 $39,050
Offices of Physicians 5,630 0.23 $18.16 $37,780
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 350 0.13 $17.99 $37,420
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,030 0.85 $17.91 $37,250


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 31,750 2.16 0.79 $19.02 $39,570
Texas 28,910 2.65 0.97 $15.31 $31,850
Florida 24,700 3.31 1.21 $13.64 $28,370
Illinois 18,510 3.24 1.19 $13.77 $28,650
New York 16,770 1.94 0.71 $15.30 $31,830




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)
Tennessee 12,170 4.51 1.65 $14.11 $29,360
West Virginia 3,050 4.30 1.57 $12.78 $26,590
Missouri 10,030 3.80 1.39 $13.63 $28,350
Alabama 7,000 3.79 1.39 $12.73 $26,490
Kentucky 6,500 3.65 1.33 $12.96 $26,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 790 1.19 0.44 $20.63 $42,910
Washington 7,070 2.50 0.91 $19.19 $39,910
California 31,750 2.16 0.79 $19.02 $39,570
Alaska 670 2.09 0.76 $19.00 $39,520
Hawaii 1,460 2.42 0.89 $17.70 $36,810





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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 11,070 2.99 1.09 $13.70 $28,490
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,870 1.88 0.69 $16.45 $34,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,020 2.02 0.74 $17.75 $36,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,490 2.81 1.03 $13.49 $28,050
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,200 2.25 0.82 $15.64 $32,540
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 5,530 3.11 1.14 $15.78 $32,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,400 2.51 0.92 $16.38 $34,070
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 4,830 4.19 1.53 $13.70 $28,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,570 2.48 0.91 $14.83 $30,850
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,550 3.52 1.29 $14.53 $30,220