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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
417,780 0.8 % $16.95 $35,250 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.60 $13.45 $16.32 $19.44 $23.62
Annual Wage (2) $24,120 $27,980 $33,950 $40,440 $49,130


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 215,110 20.30 $16.00 $33,280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 66,030 1.18 $19.24 $40,020
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 37,890 1.30 $15.54 $32,320
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 14,020 3.68 $16.97 $35,290
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 8,680 2.23 $17.84 $37,100

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 215,110 20.30 $16.00 $33,280
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 14,020 3.68 $16.97 $35,290
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 8,680 2.23 $17.84 $37,100
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 37,890 1.30 $15.54 $32,320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 66,030 1.18 $19.24 $40,020

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) 6,400 0.32 $21.60 $44,920
Outpatient Care Centers 8,120 0.85 $21.47 $44,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,390 0.05 $20.95 $43,580
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) $20.43 $42,490
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,290 0.02 $20.35 $42,320


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)
Texas 38,550 3.10 1.09 $17.13 $35,620
California 36,560 2.10 0.74 $21.73 $45,200
Florida 29,800 3.39 1.19 $16.02 $33,330
Illinois 21,090 3.50 1.23 $16.15 $33,590
New York 20,360 2.14 0.75 $17.21 $35,790




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)
Kentucky 8,840 4.66 1.64 $14.44 $30,040
West Virginia 3,270 4.65 1.64 $14.61 $30,380
Arkansas 4,880 4.01 1.41 $14.87 $30,930
Rhode Island 1,840 3.81 1.34 $18.21 $37,880
Maine 2,270 3.72 1.31 $15.84 $32,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 36,560 2.10 0.74 $21.73 $45,200
Alaska 590 1.85 0.65 $21.29 $44,280
Washington 7,150 2.16 0.76 $21.11 $43,910
District of Columbia 670 0.93 0.33 $20.31 $42,240
Oregon 4,900 2.57 0.90 $20.27 $42,160





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 20,910 2.17 0.76 $17.43 $36,250
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 15,950 3.41 1.20 $16.46 $34,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,710 2.04 0.72 $21.76 $45,270
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 11,840 3.24 1.14 $17.18 $35,740
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 9,000 3.13 1.10 $15.98 $33,230
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 8,920 3.38 1.19 $16.45 $34,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,830 2.89 1.02 $17.23 $35,840
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 7,470 3.77 1.33 $17.09 $35,540
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,820 2.44 0.86 $18.30 $38,070
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 6,270 2.96 1.04 $17.09 $35,550