Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
38,040 4.1 % $13.20 $27,460 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.68 $9.78 $11.75 $15.01 $20.59
Annual Wage (2) $18,050 $20,350 $24,450 $31,220 $42,830


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 25,100 2.42 $12.15 $25,270
Grocery Stores 4,690 0.18 $11.42 $23,750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,540 0.05 $17.46 $36,310
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,510 0.08 $17.20 $35,780
Offices of Physicians 1,220 0.05 $23.80 $49,500

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 25,100 2.42 $12.15 $25,270
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 520 0.26 $14.67 $30,520
Grocery Stores 4,690 0.18 $11.42 $23,750
Outpatient Care Centers 560 0.08 $16.63 $34,590
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,510 0.08 $17.20 $35,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 1,220 0.05 $23.80 $49,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $18.30 $38,060
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 60 0.02 $17.70 $36,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 160 0.01 $17.61 $36,630
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,540 0.05 $17.46 $36,310


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 10,460 0.67 2.45 $15.97 $33,230
New York 2,680 0.30 1.08 $13.33 $27,720
Texas 2,370 0.20 0.74 $12.13 $25,230
Florida 1,860 0.23 0.85 $12.61 $26,240
Pennsylvania 1,470 0.26 0.93 $10.97 $22,820



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 340 0.76 2.77 $11.21 $23,310
Kansas 990 0.72 2.63 $10.79 $22,440
Vermont 210 0.71 2.56 $11.39 $23,700
California 10,460 0.67 2.45 $15.97 $33,230
Oklahoma 790 0.49 1.79 $10.15 $21,100



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 100 0.30 1.11 $19.56 $40,690
Hawaii 50 0.08 0.30 $17.57 $36,550
California 10,460 0.67 2.45 $15.97 $33,230
Colorado 200 0.08 0.29 $15.74 $32,730
New Mexico 210 0.27 0.98 $14.66 $30,490




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 2,920 0.71 2.58 $17.58 $36,570
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 1.06 3.82 $17.56 $36,530
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.22 0.81 $12.86 $26,750
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,160 0.86 3.11 $15.29 $31,800
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 740 0.58 2.09 $15.06 $31,330
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 700 0.80 2.90 $13.43 $27,930
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 680 0.52 1.87 $13.84 $28,780
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 640 0.42 1.51 $14.72 $30,620
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 580 0.16 0.59 $12.80 $26,630
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 500 0.28 1.02 $13.88 $28,860



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 150 1.72 6.23 $13.44 $27,960
Fargo, ND-MN 190 1.41 5.11 $10.88 $22,640
Stockton-Lodi, CA 260 1.21 4.37 $16.15 $33,580
El Centro, CA 60 1.08 3.90 $11.77 $24,470
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 1.06 3.82 $17.56 $36,530
Lawrence, KS 50 1.00 3.62 $11.16 $23,220
Bellingham, WA 80 0.97 3.52 $15.87 $33,000
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,160 0.86 3.11 $15.29 $31,800
Visalia-Porterville, CA 120 0.84 3.04 $12.87 $26,770
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 100 0.81 2.94 $11.18 $23,250



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)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.36 1.32 $21.17 $44,040
Anchorage, AK 70 0.39 1.41 $20.26 $42,140
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 80 0.05 0.20 $18.36 $38,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,920 0.71 2.58 $17.58 $36,570
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 1.06 3.82 $17.56 $36,530
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 60 0.55 2.00 $17.36 $36,110
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.34 1.22 $17.25 $35,870
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 40 0.16 0.59 $17.20 $35,770
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.09 $35,550
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.19 0.69 $16.98 $35,320

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 260 1.69 6.14 $12.73 $26,470
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 230 1.39 5.03 $9.21 $19,160
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 1.96 7.10 $8.98 $18,670
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.65 2.36 $9.65 $20,070
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 130 1.32 4.79 $12.81 $26,640

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)
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 1.96 7.10 $8.98 $18,670
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 260 1.69 6.14 $12.73 $26,470
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 230 1.39 5.03 $9.21 $19,160
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 1.33 4.81 $12.38 $25,760
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 130 1.32 4.79 $12.81 $26,640

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.03 $29,170
East Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.01 3.66 $13.77 $28,650
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.68 $28,450
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.47 $28,020
Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.74 2.69 $13.42 $27,920


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016