Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
417,720 0.8 % $15.90 $33,060 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.58 $12.45 $15.26 $18.53 $22.58
Annual Wage (2) $22,000 $25,900 $31,750 $38,540 $46,980


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 219,070 20.42 $14.88 $30,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 63,360 1.15 $18.30 $38,050
General Merchandise Stores 42,700 1.33 $15.80 $32,850
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 34,080 1.16 $14.71 $30,600
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 10,070 3.06 $16.83 $35,000

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 219,070 20.42 $14.88 $30,950
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 10,070 3.06 $16.83 $35,000
General Merchandise Stores 42,700 1.33 $15.80 $32,850
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 34,080 1.16 $14.71 $30,600
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 63,360 1.15 $18.30 $38,050

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) 6,350 0.31 $21.02 $43,730
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 70 0.03 $19.48 $40,520
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $19.44 $40,430
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,130 0.04 $19.35 $40,260
Outpatient Care Centers 5,550 0.63 $19.20 $39,930


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 36,920 2.21 0.75 $19.66 $40,890
Texas 35,370 2.97 1.01 $16.17 $33,630
Florida 29,380 3.49 1.19 $14.99 $31,180
Illinois 22,290 3.76 1.28 $15.67 $32,590
New York 18,260 1.98 0.68 $16.10 $33,490




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 8,440 4.50 1.53 $13.88 $28,870
West Virginia 3,060 4.45 1.52 $13.41 $27,900
Tennessee 11,510 3.95 1.35 $15.51 $32,270
Missouri 10,910 3.91 1.34 $14.71 $30,610
Arkansas 4,580 3.82 1.30 $14.52 $30,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 7,590 2.38 0.81 $20.41 $42,440
California 36,920 2.21 0.75 $19.66 $40,890
Oregon 4,260 2.33 0.79 $19.10 $39,730
Alaska 680 2.14 0.73 $19.06 $39,640
North Dakota 770 1.86 0.63 $18.73 $38,960



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 13,650 2.04 0.70 $16.80 $34,940
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 13,570 3.70 1.26 $16.13 $33,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,170 2.30 0.78 $19.64 $40,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,710 2.97 1.01 $16.80 $34,930
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,420 2.98 1.02 $16.21 $33,710
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 7,330 3.70 1.26 $16.08 $33,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,720 2.57 0.88 $14.59 $30,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,600 2.90 0.99 $17.94 $37,310
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 5,300 4.14 1.41 $14.64 $30,460
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,090 3.75 1.28 $15.52 $32,280


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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)
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 840 6.40 2.18 $13.81 $28,730
El Paso, TX 1,780 5.90 2.01 $15.78 $32,820
Muncie, IN 270 5.76 1.97 $15.06 $31,320
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 210 5.64 1.92 $12.32 $25,620
Flint, MI 760 5.53 1.89 $12.98 $26,990
Morgantown, WV 350 5.49 1.87 $14.35 $29,850
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 1,350 5.25 1.79 $14.04 $29,210
Johnson City, TN 400 5.25 1.79 $14.72 $30,620
Iowa City, IA 480 5.24 1.79 $17.45 $36,300
Midland, MI 180 5.17 1.76 $13.10 $27,250