Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

31-9095 Pharmacy Aides

Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.


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)
42,250 3.9 % $11.78 $24,510 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.25 $9.17 $10.85 $13.49 $17.15
Annual Wage (2) $17,160 $19,070 $22,580 $28,050 $35,680


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 26,950 2.64 $10.96 $22,790
Grocery Stores 7,830 0.31 $11.20 $23,300
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,260 0.04 $15.45 $32,130
Offices of Physicians 980 0.04 $20.76 $43,190
Other General Merchandise Stores 830 0.05 $13.47 $28,020

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 26,950 2.64 $10.96 $22,790
Grocery Stores 7,830 0.31 $11.20 $23,300
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 520 0.28 $15.31 $31,850
Outpatient Care Centers 750 0.11 $16.75 $34,840
Other General Merchandise Stores 830 0.05 $13.47 $28,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 980 0.04 $20.76 $43,190
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 70 0.03 $17.16 $35,690
Outpatient Care Centers 750 0.11 $16.75 $34,840
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 200 0.01 $16.43 $34,170
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $16.14 $33,580


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 9,160 0.62 1.95 $13.61 $28,310
Texas 3,040 0.28 0.88 $11.69 $24,310
New York 2,440 0.28 0.89 $11.93 $24,810
Pennsylvania 1,770 0.31 0.99 $11.30 $23,500
Florida 1,710 0.23 0.72 $10.87 $22,600




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)
Kansas 1,060 0.79 2.48 $10.65 $22,140
California 9,160 0.62 1.95 $13.61 $28,310
North Dakota 260 0.61 1.92 $10.57 $21,980
Oklahoma 870 0.56 1.76 $10.17 $21,160
Arkansas 580 0.50 1.58 $9.81 $20,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 110 0.34 1.07 $19.44 $40,430
District of Columbia 140 0.20 0.64 $18.98 $39,470
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $15.54 $32,330
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $14.43 $30,020
Washington 1,020 0.36 1.14 $13.91 $28,930





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.54 1.68 $12.52 $26,040
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.23 0.72 $11.85 $24,650
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.83 2.61 $15.22 $31,650
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 820 0.98 3.06 $14.37 $29,880
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 780 0.21 0.66 $11.52 $23,970
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 770 0.60 1.87 $12.95 $26,930
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 700 0.38 1.20 $11.26 $23,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 650 0.27 0.86 $13.02 $27,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 620 0.35 1.10 $12.59 $26,190
Kansas City, MO-KS 610 0.62 1.95 $12.24 $25,470




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 160 1.81 5.69 $13.23 $27,510
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 60 1.58 4.96 $10.57 $21,980
Yuba City, CA 50 1.27 3.99 $15.58 $32,410
Fargo, ND-MN 160 1.24 3.90 $10.12 $21,040
Lawrence, KS 50 1.08 3.39 $9.70 $20,170
Laredo, TX 100 1.06 3.32 $9.34 $19,420
Sherman-Denison, TX 40 1.05 3.29 $9.52 $19,800
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 190 1.05 3.30 $15.83 $32,920
Merced, CA 60 0.99 3.09 $10.37 $21,580
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 820 0.98 3.06 $14.37 $29,880




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 50 0.72 2.27 $22.17 $46,110
Anchorage, AK 60 0.35 1.09 $19.10 $39,720
Olympia, WA (8) (8) (8) $17.27 $35,930
Stockton, CA 120 0.59 1.85 $17.00 $35,360
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.34 1.08 $16.19 $33,670
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 190 1.05 3.30 $15.83 $32,920
Yuba City, CA 50 1.27 3.99 $15.58 $32,410
Chico, CA (8) (8) (8) $15.39 $32,000
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.83 2.61 $15.22 $31,650
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $15.03 $31,270

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 330 0.86 2.71 $9.64 $20,050
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 230 1.23 3.88 $10.20 $21,220
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 170 1.30 4.06 $10.43 $21,700
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 2.19 $8.54 $17,760
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.76 2.38 $9.70 $20,170

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.77 5.56 $12.27 $25,520
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 1.58 4.95 $11.43 $23,760
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 170 1.30 4.06 $10.43 $21,700
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 230 1.23 3.88 $10.20 $21,220
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.18 3.71 $13.13 $27,300

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.99 $29,090
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 1.26 $13.72 $28,550
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.30 $27,660
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.18 3.71 $13.13 $27,300
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.73 $26,470


About May 2013 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014