Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
35,960 4.1 % $13.96 $29,030 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.16 $10.58 $12.56 $16.23 $21.42
Annual Wage (2) $19,040 $22,000 $26,120 $33,760 $44,550


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 24,130 2.25 $12.96 $26,960
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 3,170 0.11 $12.36 $25,720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,640 0.05 $17.40 $36,200
General Merchandise Stores 1,940 0.06 $16.60 $34,520
Offices of Physicians 890 0.04 $22.91 $47,650

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 24,130 2.25 $12.96 $26,960
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 630 0.19 $15.38 $32,000
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 3,170 0.11 $12.36 $25,720
General Merchandise Stores 1,940 0.06 $16.60 $34,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,640 0.05 $17.40 $36,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 890 0.04 $22.91 $47,650
Insurance Carriers 120 0.01 $19.33 $40,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $18.44 $38,360
Outpatient Care Centers 390 0.04 $18.07 $37,580
Offices of Other Health Practitioners (8) (8) $17.47 $36,340


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 0.57 2.25 $16.59 $34,500
Texas 2,590 0.22 0.86 $12.83 $26,690
New York 2,210 0.24 0.95 $14.30 $29,740
Tennessee 1,900 0.65 2.58 $12.31 $25,600
Florida 1,860 0.22 0.88 $13.17 $27,390




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)
North Dakota 330 0.79 3.13 $13.58 $28,240
Tennessee 1,900 0.65 2.58 $12.31 $25,600
West Virginia 420 0.61 2.44 $10.56 $21,960
Oklahoma 910 0.58 2.29 $10.95 $22,770
California 9,480 0.57 2.25 $16.59 $34,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.22 0.89 $19.40 $40,350
Arizona 190 0.07 0.28 $18.06 $37,560
Colorado 160 0.06 0.25 $16.95 $35,260
Massachusetts 680 0.19 0.77 $16.84 $35,030
Hawaii 160 0.24 0.97 $16.61 $34,560



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,560 0.58 2.29 $17.11 $35,580
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.82 3.27 $18.82 $39,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.19 0.73 $14.53 $30,220
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 940 0.65 2.60 $16.97 $35,300
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 850 0.32 1.29 $13.90 $28,910
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 610 0.65 2.58 $12.28 $25,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 550 0.33 1.32 $17.25 $35,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 540 0.50 1.97 $16.64 $34,610
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 530 0.55 2.17 $13.28 $27,620
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.45 1.78 $17.45 $36,290


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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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 180 1.82 7.22 $13.41 $27,880
El Centro, CA 100 1.71 6.78 $12.80 $26,610
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 80 1.50 5.95 $11.61 $24,150
Texarkana, TX-AR 80 1.36 5.41 $12.80 $26,630
Visalia-Porterville, CA 180 1.21 4.79 $13.63 $28,350
Yuba City, CA 50 1.10 4.36 $15.26 $31,740
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 40 1.10 4.38 $11.82 $24,590
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 200 1.09 4.32 $16.94 $35,240
Modesto, CA 200 1.08 4.30 $14.72 $30,630
Fargo, ND-MN 140 0.99 3.93 $13.56 $28,190


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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)
Santa Rosa, CA 90 0.43 1.71 $24.35 $50,640
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.17 0.69 $21.77 $45,290
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 90 0.07 0.26 $19.11 $39,750
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.82 3.27 $18.82 $39,140
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 30 0.14 0.54 $18.30 $38,060
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $18.21 $37,890
Tucson, AZ 50 0.13 0.53 $18.19 $37,840
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.18 0.70 $18.08 $37,600
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.11 0.44 $18.06 $37,560
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.01 $37,460

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 280 2.21 8.75 $11.55 $24,030
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 1.44 5.72 $10.69 $22,230
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.75 2.95 $9.79 $20,370
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.96 3.80 $11.78 $24,500
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.69 2.74 $9.97 $20,740

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 2.73 10.84 $13.55 $28,190
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 280 2.21 8.75 $11.55 $24,030
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 1.44 5.72 $10.69 $22,230
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 130 1.28 5.07 $13.39 $27,840
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.96 3.80 $11.78 $24,500

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 1.72 $15.70 $32,670
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.65 $30,470
East Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 2.32 $13.96 $29,040
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.70 2.78 $13.96 $29,040
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 0.75 $13.66 $28,410


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018