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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Pharmacy Aides
Industry profile for Pharmacy Aides
Geographic profile for Pharmacy Aides

National estimates for Pharmacy Aides:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Pharmacy Aides:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
43,560 3.7 % $ 16.61 $ 34,560 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pharmacy Aides:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.98 $ 13.41 $ 14.39 $ 18.03 $ 24.55
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,840 $ 27,880 $ 29,930 $ 37,500 $ 51,060


Industry profile for Pharmacy Aides:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Pharmacy Aides are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Pharmacy Aides, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Pharmacy Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 27,850 2.76 $ 14.39 $ 29,920
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 3,280 0.11 $ 14.07 $ 29,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,130 0.06 $ 21.62 $ 44,970
Outpatient Care Centers 2,610 0.26 $ 29.83 $ 62,040
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 2,010 0.44 $ 21.49 $ 44,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Pharmacy Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 27,850 2.76 $ 14.39 $ 29,920
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 2,010 0.44 $ 21.49 $ 44,710
Outpatient Care Centers 2,610 0.26 $ 29.83 $ 62,040
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 3,280 0.11 $ 14.07 $ 29,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,130 0.06 $ 21.62 $ 44,970

Top paying industries for Pharmacy Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 2,610 0.26 $ 29.83 $ 62,040
Insurance Carriers 130 0.01 $ 21.70 $ 45,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,130 0.06 $ 21.62 $ 44,970
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 2,010 0.44 $ 21.49 $ 44,710
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 100 (7) $ 19.65 $ 40,880


Geographic profile for Pharmacy Aides:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Pharmacy Aides are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Pharmacy Aides, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of pharmacy aides by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Pharmacy Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,030 0.61 1.96 $ 22.68 $ 47,170
New York 2,940 0.34 1.10 $ 16.29 $ 33,880
Florida 2,810 0.33 1.06 $ 15.90 $ 33,070
Texas 2,370 0.19 0.63 $ 13.57 $ 28,220
Pennsylvania 2,280 0.41 1.32 $ 15.61 $ 32,480


Map of location quotient of pharmacy aides by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pharmacy Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 1,320 0.85 2.74 $ 12.28 $ 25,530
California 10,030 0.61 1.96 $ 22.68 $ 47,170
Tennessee 1,770 0.59 1.91 $ 11.96 $ 24,880
Washington 1,810 0.56 1.83 $ 17.56 $ 36,520
Louisiana 990 0.55 1.78 $ 11.83 $ 24,600


Map of annual mean wages of pharmacy aides by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Pharmacy Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,030 0.61 1.96 $ 22.68 $ 47,170
District of Columbia 80 0.12 0.38 $ 22.66 $ 47,130
Utah 300 0.19 0.63 $ 17.92 $ 37,280
Massachusetts 1,310 0.39 1.25 $ 17.80 $ 37,010
Washington 1,810 0.56 1.83 $ 17.56 $ 36,520



Map of employment of pharmacy aides by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Pharmacy Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,980 0.70 2.25 $ 21.64 $ 45,010
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,900 0.22 0.71 $ 16.99 $ 35,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,330 0.59 1.91 $ 27.71 $ 57,630
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,120 0.43 1.40 $ 18.08 $ 37,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,030 0.53 1.73 $ 18.15 $ 37,740
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,020 0.42 1.34 $ 15.26 $ 31,730
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 980 0.27 0.88 $ 14.04 $ 29,210
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 920 0.60 1.94 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 870 0.33 1.06 $ 16.52 $ 34,370
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 790 0.19 0.60 $ 15.22 $ 31,650


Map of location quotient of pharmacy aides by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pharmacy Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Stockton-Lodi, CA 290 1.11 3.60 $ 23.25 $ 48,370
Rochester, NY 500 1.06 3.43 $ 15.80 $ 32,870
Yuba City, CA 50 1.05 3.39 $ 18.57 $ 38,620
Lafayette, LA 190 1.04 3.35 $ 11.05 $ 22,980
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 130 1.03 3.32 $ 28.44 $ 59,160
Columbia, MO 90 1.00 3.23 $ 14.37 $ 29,890
Oklahoma City, OK 600 0.99 3.20 $ 12.37 $ 25,720
Elmira, NY 30 0.98 3.18 $ 16.46 $ 34,240
Gadsden, AL 30 0.98 3.18 $ 12.37 $ 25,720
Johnson City, TN 70 0.96 3.12 $ 11.75 $ 24,450


Map of annual mean wages of pharmacy aides by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Pharmacy Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 130 1.03 3.32 $ 28.44 $ 59,160
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,330 0.59 1.91 $ 27.71 $ 57,630
Santa Rosa, CA 100 0.54 1.73 $ 27.14 $ 56,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 370 0.35 1.12 $ 25.23 $ 52,470
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 680 0.69 2.24 $ 24.89 $ 51,770
Stockton-Lodi, CA 290 1.11 3.60 $ 23.25 $ 48,370
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 920 0.60 1.94 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,980 0.70 2.25 $ 21.64 $ 45,010
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 750 0.54 1.74 $ 21.58 $ 44,890
Bakersfield, CA 150 0.49 1.59 $ 20.95 $ 43,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Pharmacy Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.51 1.65 $ 12.02 $ 24,990
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 0.97 3.13 $ 11.11 $ 23,110
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 0.96 3.11 $ 12.76 $ 26,530
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 1.78 5.76 $ 11.55 $ 24,020
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.48 1.57 $ 12.85 $ 26,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pharmacy Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 1.78 5.76 $ 11.55 $ 24,020
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.97 3.15 $ 10.92 $ 22,720
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 0.97 3.13 $ 11.11 $ 23,110
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.96 3.12 $ 11.31 $ 23,510
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 0.96 3.11 $ 12.76 $ 26,530

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Pharmacy Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 1.85 $ 18.57 $ 38,630
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 2.24 $ 17.81 $ 37,040
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.53 1.72 $ 17.30 $ 35,990
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.05 $ 16.48 $ 34,270
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.67 2.16 $ 16.35 $ 34,000


About May 2021 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022