Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
368,760 0.8 % $14.95 $31,090 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.97 $11.76 $14.33 $17.60 $21.10
Annual Wage (2) $20,730 $24,470 $29,810 $36,600 $43,900


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 192,290 18.84 $14.04 $29,200
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 58,090 1.11 $17.22 $35,820
Other General Merchandise Stores 27,910 1.56 $14.23 $29,610
Grocery Stores 26,540 1.02 $13.97 $29,060
Department Stores 15,060 1.07 $13.84 $28,780

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 192,290 18.84 $14.04 $29,200
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 8,430 4.39 $15.79 $32,850
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 5,490 1.71 $14.97 $31,150
Other General Merchandise Stores 27,910 1.56 $14.23 $29,610
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 58,090 1.11 $17.22 $35,820

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) 5,920 0.30 $19.94 $41,480
Outpatient Care Centers 3,850 0.55 $19.11 $39,750
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $18.98 $39,480
Offices of Physicians 5,790 0.24 $18.39 $38,250
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $18.33 $38,120


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 33,360 2.21 0.81 $19.09 $39,710
Texas 30,080 2.68 0.98 $15.30 $31,830
Florida 25,310 3.30 1.21 $13.90 $28,900
Illinois 18,020 3.13 1.15 $13.95 $29,020
New York 16,580 1.88 0.69 $15.40 $32,030



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 12,030 4.38 1.60 $14.24 $29,630
West Virginia 3,080 4.35 1.59 $12.75 $26,510
Alabama 7,260 3.91 1.43 $12.94 $26,920
Kentucky 6,920 3.83 1.40 $13.06 $27,170
Oklahoma 5,600 3.55 1.30 $13.68 $28,450



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 7,180 2.48 0.91 $19.38 $40,300
Alaska 660 2.04 0.75 $19.22 $39,980
California 33,360 2.21 0.81 $19.09 $39,710
Hawaii 1,520 2.49 0.91 $17.50 $36,400
Oregon 4,780 2.84 1.04 $17.44 $36,270




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 10,510 2.80 1.03 $13.94 $28,990
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,340 1.73 0.63 $16.49 $34,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,120 2.00 0.73 $18.10 $37,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,640 2.78 1.02 $13.66 $28,410
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,160 2.17 0.79 $15.88 $33,030
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 6,100 3.34 1.22 $16.32 $33,940
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,650 2.52 0.92 $15.73 $32,720
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,790 2.57 0.94 $15.05 $31,300
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 4,570 3.87 1.42 $13.68 $28,460
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,300 3.29 1.21 $14.67 $30,510