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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Pharmacy Aides:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
38,900 4.1 % $ 15.50 $ 32,250 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pharmacy Aides:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.08 $ 11.88 $ 14.08 $ 17.64 $ 24.23
Annual Wage (2) $ 20,960 $ 24,720 $ 29,280 $ 36,690 $ 50,390


Industry profile for Pharmacy Aides: Top

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 26,290 2.72 $ 13.88 $ 28,860
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,430 0.06 $ 19.55 $ 40,670
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 2,940 0.10 $ 13.29 $ 27,640
Outpatient Care Centers 1,910 0.20 $ 26.93 $ 56,010
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 1,300 0.32 $ 19.95 $ 41,500

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 26,290 2.72 $ 13.88 $ 28,860
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 1,300 0.32 $ 19.95 $ 41,500
Outpatient Care Centers 1,910 0.20 $ 26.93 $ 56,010
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 2,940 0.10 $ 13.29 $ 27,640
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 240 0.06 $ 18.76 $ 39,020

Top paying industries for Pharmacy Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 1,910 0.20 $ 26.93 $ 56,010
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 1,300 0.32 $ 19.95 $ 41,500
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 30 (7) $ 19.84 $ 41,260
Insurance Carriers 80 0.01 $ 19.70 $ 40,980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,430 0.06 $ 19.55 $ 40,670


Geographic profile for Pharmacy Aides: Top

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.





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 10,070 0.61 2.19 $ 19.52 $ 40,600
Texas 3,400 0.28 1.01 $ 13.45 $ 27,980
Pennsylvania 2,840 0.52 1.84 $ 13.58 $ 28,250
Tennessee 2,190 0.75 2.70 $ 11.86 $ 24,670
New York 1,920 0.22 0.79 $ 15.74 $ 32,740




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)
Tennessee 2,190 0.75 2.70 $ 11.86 $ 24,670
Louisiana 1,320 0.73 2.63 $ 11.37 $ 23,660
California 10,070 0.61 2.19 $ 19.52 $ 40,600
Oklahoma 860 0.55 1.98 $ 12.63 $ 26,260
Pennsylvania 2,840 0.52 1.84 $ 13.58 $ 28,250




Top paying states for Pharmacy Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 70 0.10 0.37 $ 22.30 $ 46,390
California 10,070 0.61 2.19 $ 19.52 $ 40,600
Arizona 690 0.24 0.87 $ 18.38 $ 38,230
Hawaii 170 0.29 1.03 $ 17.52 $ 36,440
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $ 17.40 $ 36,200





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 3,960 0.68 2.43 $ 20.36 $ 42,350
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,540 0.17 0.62 $ 15.09 $ 31,390
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,350 0.50 1.79 $ 13.88 $ 28,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,330 0.45 1.60 $ 15.44 $ 32,120
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,300 0.87 3.12 $ 17.59 $ 36,590
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,040 0.45 1.60 $ 23.25 $ 48,360
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 800 0.41 1.47 $ 17.18 $ 35,730
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 660 0.47 1.68 $ 17.95 $ 37,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 580 0.19 0.68 $ 13.73 $ 28,560
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 570 0.27 0.97 $ 19.17 $ 39,870




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 140 1.53 5.46 $ 16.06 $ 33,400
Yakima, WA 110 1.26 4.49 $ 15.69 $ 32,640
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.20 4.28 $ 16.40 $ 34,110
Johnson City, TN 90 1.18 4.22 $ 12.49 $ 25,970
Williamsport, PA 50 1.02 3.66 $ 12.20 $ 25,370
Stockton-Lodi, CA 250 1.02 3.64 $ 20.84 $ 43,340
Cleveland, TN 40 0.95 3.40 $ 15.27 $ 31,760
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 540 0.89 3.19 $ 11.58 $ 24,090
Grand Island, NE 30 0.89 3.17 $ 10.27 $ 21,360
Bakersfield, CA 270 0.88 3.16 $ 15.52 $ 32,290




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 40 0.28 0.98 $ 26.89 $ 55,930
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,040 0.45 1.60 $ 23.25 $ 48,360
Fresno, CA 150 0.40 1.43 $ 21.74 $ 45,210
Santa Rosa, CA 60 0.32 1.14 $ 21.31 $ 44,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 20.87 $ 43,400
Stockton-Lodi, CA 250 1.02 3.64 $ 20.84 $ 43,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,960 0.68 2.43 $ 20.36 $ 42,350
Modesto, CA 160 0.87 3.10 $ 20.14 $ 41,880
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 470 0.48 1.73 $ 19.88 $ 41,340
Olympia-Tumwater, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 19.65 $ 40,880

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 300 0.78 2.79 $ 11.18 $ 23,260
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 270 2.13 7.61 $ 12.01 $ 24,990
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.77 2.76 $ 10.13 $ 21,080
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.11 3.98 $ 10.55 $ 21,930
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.22 4.38 $ 15.43 $ 32,080

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)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 270 2.13 7.61 $ 12.01 $ 24,990
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.22 4.38 $ 15.43 $ 32,080
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 1.12 4.00 $ 15.76 $ 32,770
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.11 3.98 $ 10.55 $ 21,930
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 1.02 3.65 $ 13.94 $ 29,000

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.01 3.60 $ 17.61 $ 36,630
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 16.17 $ 33,620
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 1.83 $ 15.89 $ 33,040
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 1.12 4.00 $ 15.76 $ 32,770
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 1.83 $ 15.69 $ 32,640


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021