Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
41,240 3.9 % $12.28 $25,540 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.39 $9.35 $11.15 $14.03 $18.23
Annual Wage (2) $17,440 $19,440 $23,200 $29,180 $37,930


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 27,010 2.65 $11.31 $23,530
Grocery Stores 6,310 0.24 $11.37 $23,650
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,470 0.05 $16.93 $35,220
Offices of Physicians 1,120 0.05 $21.02 $43,720
Department Stores 720 0.05 $10.11 $21,030

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 27,010 2.65 $11.31 $23,530
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 490 0.26 $16.13 $33,540
Grocery Stores 6,310 0.24 $11.37 $23,650
Outpatient Care Centers 590 0.08 $16.02 $33,330
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 210 0.07 $13.23 $27,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 1,120 0.05 $21.02 $43,720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,470 0.05 $16.93 $35,220
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 160 0.01 $16.62 $34,570
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 70 0.03 $16.37 $34,060
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $16.19 $33,680


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 10,820 0.72 2.35 $14.06 $29,240
New York 2,570 0.29 0.96 $12.93 $26,900
Texas 2,320 0.21 0.68 $11.89 $24,740
Florida 2,080 0.27 0.89 $12.17 $25,320
Minnesota 1,530 0.56 1.84 $11.87 $24,690



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)
North Dakota 350 0.79 2.58 $10.76 $22,370
Kansas 980 0.72 2.35 $10.82 $22,500
California 10,820 0.72 2.35 $14.06 $29,240
Arkansas 720 0.62 2.02 $9.39 $19,530
Vermont 180 0.61 2.00 $11.58 $24,080



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 130 0.19 0.62 $19.30 $40,130
Colorado 120 0.05 0.16 $15.59 $32,430
New Mexico 210 0.27 0.88 $14.32 $29,780
Hawaii 70 0.12 0.40 $14.24 $29,620
Utah 280 0.22 0.71 $14.20 $29,530




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 2,750 0.68 2.22 $13.52 $28,130
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.91 2.97 $15.57 $32,390
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.24 0.80 $12.48 $25,950
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,070 0.81 2.65 $13.82 $28,750
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,040 1.21 3.98 $13.61 $28,320
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.22 0.74 $11.74 $24,420
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 820 0.66 2.16 $14.71 $30,590
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 680 0.38 1.25 $12.45 $25,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 610 0.26 0.84 $12.75 $26,530
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 590 0.32 1.04 $11.73 $24,410



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 170 1.89 6.20 $14.11 $29,350
Fargo, ND-MN 200 1.50 4.93 $10.61 $22,060
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,040 1.21 3.98 $13.61 $28,320
Lawrence, KS 50 1.14 3.73 $10.91 $22,700
Bellingham, WA 80 1.01 3.30 $15.32 $31,860
Stockton, CA 210 1.00 3.26 $17.52 $36,430
Monroe, LA 70 0.96 3.15 $9.28 $19,310
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.91 2.97 $15.57 $32,390
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 270 0.91 2.98 $12.77 $26,560
Visalia-Porterville, CA 120 0.89 2.92 $11.19 $23,280



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)
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $21.18 $44,060
Stockton, CA 210 1.00 3.26 $17.52 $36,430
Chico, CA (8) (8) (8) $16.06 $33,400
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $15.98 $33,230
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.42 1.38 $15.63 $32,500
Yuba City, CA (8) (8) (8) $15.58 $32,400
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.91 2.97 $15.57 $32,390
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $15.51 $32,260
Provo-Orem, UT 40 0.19 0.62 $15.45 $32,140
Bellingham, WA 80 1.01 3.30 $15.32 $31,860

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 350 0.91 2.97 $10.67 $22,190
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 280 2.26 7.40 $8.16 $16,970
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.08 3.55 $8.31 $17,290
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 160 2.62 8.58 $11.63 $24,190
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.85 2.78 $9.88 $20,550

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)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 160 2.62 8.58 $11.63 $24,190
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 280 2.26 7.40 $8.16 $16,970
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.82 5.96 $11.92 $24,800
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.08 3.55 $8.31 $17,290
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.03 3.36 $12.92 $26,870

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.45 1.46 $21.23 $44,150
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.27 $31,760
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.60 $28,290
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.51 $28,100
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.03 3.36 $12.92 $26,870


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015