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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
36,970 4.2 % $14.03 $29,190 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.31 $10.82 $12.72 $16.00 $21.37
Annual Wage (2) $19,370 $22,510 $26,450 $33,280 $44,450


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 25,040 2.35 $12.89 $26,800
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 3,120 0.11 $12.51 $26,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,750 0.05 $17.36 $36,110
General Merchandise Stores 1,460 0.05 (8) (8)
Outpatient Care Centers 920 0.10 $24.22 $50,380

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 25,040 2.35 $12.89 $26,800
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 600 0.16 $15.87 $33,010
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 3,120 0.11 $12.51 $26,020
Outpatient Care Centers 920 0.10 $24.22 $50,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,750 0.05 $17.36 $36,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 920 0.10 $24.22 $50,380
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses (8) (8) $21.04 $43,770
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $19.09 $39,710
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 80 (7) $18.60 $38,680
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 90 0.04 $17.61 $36,630


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 9,480 0.56 2.18 $16.22 $33,730
Texas 2,560 0.21 0.83 $12.46 $25,910
Tennessee 2,210 0.75 2.93 $12.11 $25,200
New York 2,050 0.22 0.85 $15.12 $31,450
Pennsylvania 2,000 0.34 1.34 $11.86 $24,660




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 2,210 0.75 2.93 $12.11 $25,200
West Virginia 390 0.56 2.19 $11.23 $23,360
Oklahoma 890 0.56 2.18 $11.73 $24,400
Kansas 780 0.56 2.21 $11.36 $23,630
California 9,480 0.56 2.18 $16.22 $33,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 60 0.18 0.70 $22.04 $45,850
Colorado 140 0.05 0.21 $19.16 $39,840
Arizona 280 0.10 0.40 $18.51 $38,500
Utah 250 0.17 0.67 $17.37 $36,120
Massachusetts 810 0.23 0.89 $17.13 $35,630





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-Anaheim, CA 2,980 0.49 1.91 $16.30 $33,900
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,890 0.20 0.78 $14.61 $30,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,230 0.51 1.99 $21.70 $45,130
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 840 0.33 1.27 $15.50 $32,250
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 820 0.56 2.20 $14.79 $30,760
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 810 0.54 2.11 $13.58 $28,260
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 730 0.26 1.00 $12.14 $25,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 710 0.26 1.01 $16.88 $35,110
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 610 0.62 2.43 $14.19 $29,510
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 590 0.30 1.16 $16.50 $34,320




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 190 1.94 7.59 $13.72 $28,540
Merced, CA 110 1.52 5.95 $13.18 $27,410
Chico, CA 120 1.42 5.57 $13.38 $27,830
Texarkana, TX-AR 80 1.39 5.43 $14.15 $29,430
Clarksville, TN-KY 100 1.16 4.55 $11.15 $23,190
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 210 1.13 4.41 $17.34 $36,060
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.05 4.13 $14.63 $30,430
Monroe, LA 80 1.04 4.07 $11.44 $23,800
Williamsport, PA 50 0.98 3.85 $10.67 $22,200
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 50 0.95 3.73 $11.67 $24,270




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,230 0.51 1.99 $21.70 $45,130
Santa Rosa, CA 60 0.29 1.15 $20.72 $43,100
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 110 0.07 0.29 $19.53 $40,610
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.45 $40,450
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $19.08 $39,690
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 220 0.10 0.41 $19.00 $39,520
Stockton-Lodi, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.93 $39,370
Salt Lake City, UT 130 0.18 0.71 $18.68 $38,850
Tucson, AZ 30 0.08 0.33 $18.51 $38,490
Worcester, MA-CT 40 0.14 0.54 $17.38 $36,140

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)
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 300 2.36 9.22 $11.47 $23,870
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 280 0.72 2.84 $10.66 $22,170
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.08 4.24 $10.83 $22,530
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 2.50 9.79 $13.77 $28,650
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.76 2.96 $10.76 $22,380

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)
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 2.50 9.79 $13.77 $28,650
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 300 2.36 9.22 $11.47 $23,870
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 1.27 4.98 $11.13 $23,140
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.08 4.24 $10.83 $22,530
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 3.04 $16.31 $33,930

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 3.04 $16.31 $33,930
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.48 $32,200
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 2.44 $15.23 $31,670
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.49 $14.81 $30,810
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 2.15 $14.45 $30,050


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019