Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
36,660 3.9 % $13.66 $28,420 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.88 $10.16 $12.14 $15.86 $21.34
Annual Wage (2) $18,480 $21,130 $25,240 $32,980 $44,380


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 24,730 2.35 $12.61 $26,230
Grocery Stores 3,040 0.11 $11.83 $24,600
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,770 0.05 $17.87 $37,160
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,670 0.09 $17.62 $36,640
Offices of Physicians 970 0.04 $22.81 $47,440

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 24,730 2.35 $12.61 $26,230
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 720 0.36 $14.95 $31,100
Grocery Stores 3,040 0.11 $11.83 $24,600
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,670 0.09 $17.62 $36,640
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,770 0.05 $17.87 $37,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 970 0.04 $22.81 $47,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 (7) $19.29 $40,130
Outpatient Care Centers 400 0.05 $18.96 $39,440
Insurance Carriers 110 0.01 $17.88 $37,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,770 0.05 $17.87 $37,160


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 10,390 0.65 2.49 $16.42 $34,160
New York 2,480 0.27 1.04 $14.39 $29,920
Texas 2,320 0.20 0.76 $11.82 $24,590
Florida 2,290 0.28 1.07 $13.21 $27,480
Pennsylvania 1,640 0.29 1.10 $10.94 $22,760




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 380 0.90 3.43 $12.35 $25,680
Vermont 210 0.69 2.64 $11.57 $24,060
California 10,390 0.65 2.49 $16.42 $34,160
Kansas 830 0.60 2.32 $11.42 $23,760
West Virginia 370 0.54 2.05 $9.68 $20,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 80 0.24 0.93 $18.89 $39,300
Hawaii 120 0.18 0.70 $16.77 $34,880
California 10,390 0.65 2.49 $16.42 $34,160
Colorado 150 0.06 0.23 $15.90 $33,070
Arizona (8) (8) (8) $15.84 $32,950





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 3,030 0.72 2.75 $16.98 $35,330
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,600 1.02 3.92 $17.90 $37,230
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.20 0.78 $14.03 $29,190
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,170 0.84 3.22 $16.05 $33,390
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 710 0.55 2.10 $15.84 $32,950
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 560 0.35 1.36 $16.11 $33,510
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 520 0.38 1.47 $15.19 $31,600
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 510 0.56 2.15 $14.85 $30,890
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 480 0.27 1.02 $15.15 $31,510
St. Louis, MO-IL 430 0.32 1.23 $14.00 $29,120




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)
El Centro, CA 80 1.57 6.03 $12.72 $26,470
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 70 1.35 5.17 $11.29 $23,470
Fargo, ND-MN 180 1.31 5.02 $12.58 $26,170
Stockton-Lodi, CA 280 1.24 4.73 $16.22 $33,740
Merced, CA 70 1.06 4.07 $12.77 $26,560
Visalia-Porterville, CA 150 1.02 3.89 $13.23 $27,510
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,600 1.02 3.92 $17.90 $37,230
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 40 1.01 3.87 $11.60 $24,130
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 70 0.99 3.78 $9.96 $20,720
Modesto, CA 160 0.90 3.45 $16.40 $34,110




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 100 0.51 1.95 $22.35 $46,500
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.18 0.69 $22.17 $46,120
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.65 $42,960
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 70 0.05 0.20 $18.38 $38,220
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,600 1.02 3.92 $17.90 $37,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,030 0.72 2.75 $16.98 $35,330
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $16.67 $34,680
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.18 0.67 $16.61 $34,550
Urban Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $16.58 $34,480
Albuquerque, NM 40 0.09 0.35 $16.49 $34,290

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)
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 270 1.59 6.08 $10.01 $20,820
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 1.71 6.53 $13.36 $27,780
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.16 4.46 $11.81 $24,560
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 130 1.45 5.54 $9.18 $19,100
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.65 2.48 $9.37 $19,490

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 1.71 6.53 $13.36 $27,780
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 270 1.59 6.08 $10.01 $20,820
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 130 1.45 5.54 $9.18 $19,100
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.35 5.16 $13.96 $29,040
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 1.29 4.95 $11.88 $24,710

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 50 0.63 2.40 $16.94 $35,220
Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.77 2.95 $15.20 $31,610
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.35 5.16 $13.96 $29,040
East Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.09 4.16 $13.93 $28,980
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.53 $28,150


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017