Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
379,430 0.8 % $15.23 $31,680 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.07 $11.91 $14.62 $17.92 $21.65
Annual Wage (2) $20,950 $24,760 $30,410 $37,280 $45,030


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 198,220 19.12 $14.23 $29,610
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 58,550 1.11 $17.58 $36,560
Grocery Stores 28,850 1.08 $14.07 $29,260
Other General Merchandise Stores 27,970 1.52 $14.86 $30,900
Department Stores 12,750 0.92 $14.48 $30,120

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 198,220 19.12 $14.23 $29,610
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 8,550 4.28 $16.43 $34,180
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 6,650 1.97 $14.95 $31,090
Other General Merchandise Stores 27,970 1.52 $14.86 $30,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 58,550 1.11 $17.58 $36,560

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) 6,120 0.31 $20.22 $42,060
Outpatient Care Centers 3,920 0.53 $19.35 $40,250
Offices of Physicians 6,190 0.25 $19.12 $39,760
Elementary and Secondary Schools 30 (7) $18.80 $39,110
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,250 0.90 $18.78 $39,070


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 33,010 2.13 0.77 $19.31 $40,170
Texas 32,000 2.76 1.00 $15.66 $32,580
Florida 26,200 3.31 1.20 $14.27 $29,690
Illinois 19,160 3.27 1.19 $14.52 $30,210
New York 17,720 1.97 0.72 $15.35 $31,920



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 4.28 1.55 $14.52 $30,200
West Virginia 3,000 4.25 1.54 $12.90 $26,840
Kentucky 7,410 4.03 1.47 $13.38 $27,830
Alabama 7,350 3.90 1.42 $13.23 $27,520
Missouri 10,380 3.83 1.39 $13.99 $29,090



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 7,320 2.45 0.89 $19.70 $40,980
California 33,010 2.13 0.77 $19.31 $40,170
Alaska 730 2.23 0.81 $18.98 $39,480
Oregon 4,550 2.62 0.95 $17.71 $36,830
North Dakota 690 1.54 0.56 $17.64 $36,690




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 12,040 1.86 0.68 $16.08 $33,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 11,070 3.10 1.13 $14.56 $30,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,410 2.05 0.74 $18.73 $38,960
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,390 2.86 1.04 $16.33 $33,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 6,760 3.60 1.31 $16.04 $33,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,080 2.45 0.89 $13.80 $28,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,620 2.41 0.88 $16.01 $33,310
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 4,910 4.04 1.47 $14.22 $29,570
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,850 3.67 1.33 $14.60 $30,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,350 2.31 0.84 $16.44 $34,190


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